Dec. 9, 2009
Jenifer Shockley, 404-413-7078
Robinson College of Business
Steve Olson, director of The Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility in GSU's Robinson College of Business, with Helene Gayle, president and CEO of CARE USA.
ATLANTA - Dr. Helene D. Gayle, president and chief executive officer of CARE USA, has received the 2009 Ethics Advocate Award from the Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility, a unit of Georgia State’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business. The award was presented to Dr. Gayle at a ceremony at the Carter Center on Tuesday, Dec. 8.
The Ethics Advocate Award honors an individual who has been an effective agent of change for ethical purposes in a particular field or in the business community at large. The selection committee chose Dr. Gayle in recognition of her unflagging advocacy on behalf of women, minorities and the marginalized.
“Helene Gayle’s leadership in addressing global poverty, injustice and inequality has motivated others to respond to those needs,” said Steve Olson, director of the Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility. “Her inspiration of others, especially global corporations, has resulted in effective partnerships that work toward finding a solution for these pervasive issues.”
Upon receiving the award, Dr. Gayle discussed society’s role in fighting poverty. “We all have a stake in joining the global fight against poverty,” adding that, “we are diminished as a people when we see suffering and do nothing about it.”
Dr. Gayle is the seventh individual to receive the Ethics Advocate Award. Past awardees include: E. Neville Isdell, former chairman and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company, for advancing corporate social responsibility, 2008; Charles Brewer, founder of MindSpring Enterprises and Green Street Properties, for advocacy of values-based management, 2007; The Honorable Shirley Franklin, Mayor, City of Atlanta, for restoring trust in city government through an “ethics first” approach, 2006.
The Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility, a unit of the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University, integrates the best insights of scholars and business people to develop strategies for addressing the complex ethical challenges faced by organizations in today’s business environment. Formerly the Southern Institute for Business and Professional Ethics, the Center was established in 1993.
The largest business school in the South and part of a major research institution, Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business has 200 faculty, 8,000 students, and 70,000 alumni. With programs on four continents and students from 160 countries, the College is worldwide and world class. Its part-time MBA is ranked among the best by BusinessWeek and U.S. News & World Report. Its Executive MBA is on the Financial Times list of the world’s best EMBA programs. Located in Atlanta, the Robinson College and Georgia State have produced more of Georgia's top executives with graduate degrees than any other school in the nation.