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(SPARKILL, NY – November, 2013– St. Thomas Aquinas College President, Dr. Margaret Fitzpatrick, S.C., recently moderated a plenary session on Corporate Social Responsibility and Risk Management Conference at the Global CSR Conference in Korea. Fitzpatrick was invited to participate by the United Nations Global Compact, a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.

The plenary session included Keith Darcy, Executive Director of the Ethics & Compliance Office Association (ECOA), and Michael Hershman, Co-founder of the Transparency International. Darcy is the Chair of the St. Thomas Aquinas College National Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility. The ECOA is a member-driven association exclusively for individuals responsible for their organization’s ethics, compliance and business conduct programs. Transparency International is a global coalition against corruption.

“I was humbled and excited when I was invited to participate at the Global Corporate Social Responsibility Conference in Korea,” said Fitzpatrick. “The Conference topics were closely aligned with the efforts of St. Thomas Aquinas College’s National Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility. As educators, it is our responsibility to raise awareness, discuss issues and make strides for improvement in the areas of risk management and corporate responsibility. I was honored to take part in this event with influential global leaders.”

Fitzpatrick also presented at Kyung Hee University on “Sustainable Practices and American Colleges and Universities” during her trip to Korea. Sustainability and Climate Change is a key initiative of the National Center for Ethics at St. Thomas Aquinas College and, through her presentation, Fitzpatrick shared a global view on the topic as well as practical ways institutions can make a difference.


“My trip to Korea was enlightening and inspiring. I was blessed with the opportunity to discuss vital topics with corporate professionals, educators, and students. I will be able to take what I’ve learned and share it with the St. Thomas Aquinas College community. This will enhance our efforts as we focus on our development as global citizens,” Fitzpatrick added.


St. Thomas Aquinas College National Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility 

The Center was established in Summer 2012 by President, Dr. Margaret M. Fitzpatrick, a Sister of Charity and the 8th President of the College, who began at St. Thomas in 1995 and is entering her 19th year as President of the College (1952).


The Mission

To advance the knowledge and practice of organizational ethics; to identify the tools, resources and best practices that contribute to achieving an ethical organization; develop ethical and socially responsible leaders committed to serving the global community and opine on national issues and events.


The Vision

The Center strives to become an authoritative resource on organizational ethics for faculty, students and alumni of STAC, as well as for the larger business community.



The Center has identified the following initial goals: develop a library of books, periodicals, articles and other resources; bring subject matter experts to engage with students and faculty; prepare best practice articles for college publications and local media; host periodic forums for peer-to-peer interaction with the business community; host periodic forums for alumni; develop baseline seminars for the business community for in-person and distance learning delivery; and to opine on national issues and events.



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