Two Darden School Faculty Members Named 2014 ‘Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business’

Article ID: 613320

Released: 4-Feb-2014 4:00 PM EST

Source Newsroom: University of Virginia Darden School of Business

  • Credit: Darden Communication & Marketing

    R. Edward Freeman

  • Credit: Darden Communication & Marketing

    Brian Moriarty

Newswise — CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia — Trust Across America-Trust Around the World (TAA-TWA), global leaders in organizational trust, selected University of Virginia Darden School of Business Professor R. Edward Freeman and Darden faculty member Brian Moriarty, director of the Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics, to 2014's list of “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business.”

According to Barbara Kimmel, executive director of TAA-TWA, “The release of this fourth annual list coincides with the first anniversary of Trust Across America's Campaign for Trust™, a collaborative initiative to reverse the cycle of mistrust.”

TAA cites Americans’ declining trust in areas such as government, business and the media as the reason why they joined global partners to create tools to help businesses build trust with their stakeholders.

This year’s thought leaders hail from around the globe and once again include leaders from the public and private sectors as well as authors, consultants, researchers and academics. Each honoree has made an extensive and positive contribution to building trust in organizations and many have joined Trust Across America's Alliance of Trustworthy Business Experts, a program of global experts who are collaboratively combatting the world's trust crisis.

Freeman is best known for his work on Stakeholder Theory and business ethics, in which he suggests that businesses build their strategy around their relationships with key stakeholders.

Moriarty leads Darden’s Project on Public Trust in Business, a joint initiative with the Arthur W. Page Society.

See the full list of honorees for 2014.

TAA-TAW received hundreds of nominations from around the world. The list was narrowed through an extensive vetting and independent judging process.

“The honorees are inspiring organizations to look closer at their higher purpose ... to create greater value for, and trust from, all of their stakeholders,” Kimmel added. “They understand that trust is an asset that can leverage real business gains. We congratulate all of our honorees, whose work is shining a spotlight on the importance of trust and providing a roadmap for others to follow.”

About the Darden School of BusinessThe University of Virginia Darden School of Business is one of the world's leading business schools, offering MBA, Ph.D. and Executive Education programs. The unique Darden experience combines the case study method, top-ranked faculty whose research advances global managerial practice and business education, and a tight-knit learning environment to develop responsible and complete leaders who are ready to make an impact.

About TAA-TWATrust Across America-Trust Around the World is a program of Next Decade Inc., an award-winning communications firm that has been unraveling and simplifying complex subjects for over 20 years. TAA-TAW provides a framework for organizations to improve trustworthy practices, as well as showcasing individuals and organizations that are exhibiting high levels of trust and integrity.

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