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Should corporations practice social responsibility?

Keuka College’s Provost’s Lecture Series continues Wednesday, Dec. 6, as Dr. Michael Paz, assistant professor of accounting at Cornell's School of Hotel Administration, tackles the subject of corporate social responsibility.

The 4:30 p.m. presentation will be held in Hegeman 109, and is free and open to the public.

In his talk, "Corporate Social Responsibility,” Dr. Paz will present an overview of what corporate social responsibility is, as well as the pressures that encourage socially responsible behavior.

He’ll focus on scandals involving major companies such as Nike and IKEA (both of which addressed charges of child labor exploitation), Apple (unfair labor practices in China), and Volkswagen (rigged emissions systems to get around pollution standards).

Other talking points will include:

-The costs and benefits of corporations engaging in socially responsible behavior.

-The rise of investor activism related to corporate social responsibility.

-The findings of research he has personally conducted into how politicians’ ownership of firms influences corporate social responsibility.

Dr. Paz has spoken at conferences such as the American Accounting Association (AAA) annual meetings and AAA Managerial Accounting Section midyear meetings. He was also recognized as a KPMG Minority Doctoral Fellow from 2010 through 2015.

He was selected as a participant in the Michael J. Cook Doctoral Consortium in 2013. And his research has been published in the Journal of Management Accounting Research and Advances in Accounting Behavioral Research.

He received his master’s degree in accounting from the University of Rhode Island, and his Ph.D. in accounting from Drexel University.

The Provost’s Lecture Series presents scholarly and social discussion of current issues relevant to the campus and local community. Approximately three times each semester, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Paul Forestell invites a Keuka College faculty member, or guest speaker from off-campus, to share their expertise on select topics.

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