and Ford Motor Company partner to create Center for Global
© Nathan Mandell
(L to R) President Bienen, John Rintamaki, Dean Jacobs,
Professor David Messick, Vaughn Koshkarian and Deborah
Zemke, Ford's director of corporate governance
22 dinner at the James L. Allen Center had attendees as excited
as fans at the Indianapolis 500. The event was held in honor
of Ford Motor Company announcing a $3 million gift to Northwestern
University. The funds support a partnership between Kellogg
and Ford that creates the Ford Motor Company Center for Global
Citizenship, a research facility that explores strategies
to achieve global competitive advantage through environmental
stewardship and socially responsible business practices.
Donald Jacobs stated, "Global citizenship and responsibility
is of keen interest to the Kellogg community. Ford is making
it possible for us to pursue new areas of faculty research,
develop curricula and disseminate the findings to a wider
merges Kellogg's Center for the Study of Ethical Issues in
Business and the Kellogg Environmental Research Center. The
Center for Global Citizenship is led by Kellogg's David Messick,
the Morris and Alice Kaplan Professor of Ethics and Decision
in Management, and brings together the disciplines of management
and organizations, accounting, strategic change and leadership.
are becoming more important while government becomes less
important," explained Messick. "Those companies
that first accept global leadership responsibilities will
become global leaders."
Koshkarian '66, vice president of Ford, expressed his pride
in helping bring the center to Kellogg. "When I sat down
with Dean Jacobs and President Bienen, we didn't have to look
long to find synergies. They explained that they were interested
in exploring how businesses can become vital citizens in the
world at large. This philosophy resonates strongly with Ford."
in the words of Ford group vice president John Rintamaki,
goes beyond "facile answers" to environmental and
human rights issues.
will develop curricula for Kellogg's students and executive
education courses, while supporting faculty research and conferences.
center also profits from generous gift. See story here.