Panelists at AU event will discuss corporate social responsibility

02/04/2020 ASHLAND, Ohio -- As an essential component of the free market, do corporations have any social responsibility beyond maximizing profits? Is it enough that they simply do no harm to society? Or do they have a responsibility to do some good? 

Together with the Foundation for Economic Education and Conscious Capitalism, the Ashland University Political Economy Program will host a panel discussion on Corporate Social Responsibility on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Heritage Room of the Myers Convocation Center. The event is presented as part of the Environmental Lecture Series and the College of Arts & Sciences' biennial Symposium Against Indifference, both of which are focusing on the theme of "Liberty and Responsibility." The event is free and open to the public.  

Panelists are Jon L. Pritchett, president and CEO of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy; Signè Thomas, project director for the Stavros Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Economic Education at Florida State University, and Josh Harrison, president of Improving – Columbus. Panel moderator will be AU Political Economy director Dr. Greg McBrayer.

The College of Arts and Sciences at Ashland University inaugurated the Symposium Against Indifference in 2001 as a biennial series of events and lectures dedicated to overcoming apathy in the face of human concerns by raising awareness and promoting compassionate engagement. The Symposium seeks to challenge the University community — as well as the wider Ashland community — toward a deeper understanding of difficult issues and toward creative personal and corporate responses.

For more information about these two programs, visit cas-symposium.blogspot.comashland.edu/cas/environmental-science-program, or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of CAS communications at tapplega@ashland.edu or 419.289.5950.

Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.eduvalues the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.###