Taking on the triple bottom line: Planet, people and profit

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Forum will explore issues of corporate social responsibility

How can businesses protect their planet, their people and their profits—all at the same time? Learn how two of the Northwest's biggest companies tackle this "triple bottom line" at a UW Tacoma community forum Tuesday, April 15 at the Washington State History Museum.

The free event, sponsored by the Center for Leadership and Social Responsibility at UW Tacoma's Milgard School of Business, begins at 12:45 p.m. in Mount Tahoma Auditorium at the History Museum. Cindy Hoots, program manager for corporate social responsibility at Starbucks, and Dan Bross, senior director of corporate citizenship at Microsoft, will discuss their views on socially responsible business practices.

"This is an opportunity for students and the community to hear first-hand from two global companies that have different ways of dealing with issues of corporate responsibility," said Joe Lawless, director of the Center for Leadership and Social Responsibility. "Starbucks is very supply-chain oriented, and Microsoft is concerned with education and policy. Hearing the two different perspectives will be very intriguing."

Funded as part of a 2003 pledge from Gary E. Milgard, James A. Milgard and the Gary E. Milgard Family Foundation, the Center for Leadership and Social Responsibility was established to help promote socially responsible business practices in the Pacific Northwest. For more information about the Center or this event, contact Cindy Valerio at (253) 692-4883 or valerioc@u.washington.edu.

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March 31, 2008