The Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business at the University of Dallas together with EarthPeople, a sustainability communications and consulting firm, has announced a series of speakers and events addressing topics of social consciousness and sustainability in business. The series launches with a panel discussion on ways that global corporations, mid-sized companies and retailers are profiting from sustainability on Friday, Dec. 13.

Presenters include Garrett Boone, The Container Store co-founder and chairman emeritus and Treehouse investor; Nathan Joe Loftice, FedEx Office sustainability leader; and Nelly Rocha Andresen, vice president of quality, environment, health and safety and senior corporate counsel for eRecyclingCorps. Panelists will explore how their organizations define sustainability, the processes they use, the outcomes they expect to achieve and the tangible and intangible benefits of their respective sustainability strategies.

The University of Dallas’ Business and Society Network (BSN), a recently established open forum for building relationships, exchanging best practices and fostering dialogue around issues of corporate social responsibility, is organizing the event.

“I am delighted to join the University of Dallas Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business as a strategic partner in the Business and Society Network,” said Anna Clark, president of EarthPeople, LLC. “Because sustainability touches all aspects of business, this network will offer Dallas/Fort Worth professionals, entrepreneurs and students a unique opportunity to leverage multiple perspectives for enhancing their competitive edge.”

“At FedEx, our goal is simple: to connect the world in responsible and resourceful ways,” said Loftice.  “We’ve seen the great results of connecting people and possibilities around the world, and we realize the success of communities and companies is intertwined.”

The morning program, which will meet from 7:30-10 a.m. in the Haggar University Center on the University of Dallas campus, includes a complimentary breakfast, 90-minute panel discussion and networking with D/FW business leaders. The event is geared toward professionals, students and business owners interested in integrating sustainability into their operations, human resources, supply chains, marketing and other business functions. For more information or to register, visit www.udallas.edu/bsn.

EarthPeople is a communications and consulting firm that helps organizations profit from branding, corporate social responsibility, sustainability and public relations strategies. Since launching in 2005, EarthPeople has helped start-ups, non-profits, municipalities and Fortune 500s strengthen brand equity, human capital and environmental leadership. Among its services, EarthPeople provides specialized communications, consulting, reporting, GHG and plastic disclosures, training, publishing and stakeholder engagement. For more information, visit www.earthpeopleco.com

The University of Dallas Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business, which grants master of business administration, master of science and, now, doctor of business administration degrees, has become one of Dallas/Fort Worth’s most popular choices for graduate business education. In November 2012, the college received accreditation from AACSB International, a distinction earned by fewer than five percent of business schools worldwide. For more information, visitwww.udallas.edu/cob.

The University of Dallas, located in a metropolitan area of nearly seven million people, is a leading Catholic university widely recognized for academic excellence by well-known publications, organizations and accrediting bodies. It offers distinctive individual undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the liberal arts, business and ministry that are characterized by an exceptional, engaged faculty, a commitment to shaping principled, well-skilled leaders and academic rigor in the Catholic intellectual tradition. For more information, visit www.udallas.edu.

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