Employer Ethical Training Components Form
February 11, 2010
Dear Future Employer of a CWRU Student,
Greetings! My name is Shannon E. French, and I am the director of the Inamori
International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University
(CWRU). I would like to share with you some information about the Inamori
Center, its founder and its mission, and present a potential opportunity to you.
We are interested in providing additional funding from the Inamori Center for a CWRU student to be placed as an intern/extern within an organization such as yours, for an experience enhanced by a focus on ethics and/or ethical leadership. This $1,000 Inamori Ethics in Professional Training Scholarship will be awarded to one (1) CWRU student annually. The winner of this scholarship will be selected based upon his/her personal profile and the potential for him/her to gain a unique professional training experience enhanced with the focus of ethical standards within the workplace.
The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence was founded in 2006 through a generous gift from the Inamori Foundation and its President, Dr. Kazuo Inamori. Dr. Inamori also founded the Kyocera Corporation, an immensely successful international firm supplying a wide range of communications and electronic products and services, and the DDI Corporation (KDDI), which is the second-largest common carrier in Japan.
Dr. Inamori codified his beliefs about management and business into the Kyocera philosophy, “for people and for profit,” based on the idea that all human endeavors, including for-profit business, should be "pursuing what is right for humankind." It was on the basis of this and two other principles—"people have no higher calling than to serve the greater good of humankind and society" and "the future of humanity can be assured only through the balance of scientific progress and spiritual maturity"—that he established the Inamori Foundation. Subsequently, he established the Kyoto Prizes - international awards that honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the progress of science, technology, the advancement of civilization, and enrichment and elevation of the human spirit.
The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence was established to foster ethical leadership around the world. A university-wide organization, the Inamori Center fulfills its purpose by awarding the annual Inamori Ethics Prize; by collaborating with people and entities at Case Western Reserve University, in the community, throughout the United States and around the world; and by sponsoring ethics research, scholarship, symposia, lectures, and other means of ethical discourse. The Center supports a student group called GELS, or the Global Ethical Leaders Society, whose members wish to develop themselves to be ethical leaders and responsible global citizens.
In 2008, Francis S. Collins, MD, Ph.D., was selected the first recipient of the Inamori Ethics Prize. Dr. Collins is a physician-geneticist noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the Human Genome Project, which culminated in 2003 with the completion of a finished sequence of the human DNA instruction book. The 2009 Inamori Ethics Prize was presented to the former President of Ireland and former U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights, The Honorable Mary Robinson. Noted for her work as an advocate for global human rights, health care, sustainability and corporate responsibility, she was instrumental in changing the face of Anglo-Irish relations when she was Ireland’s first woman president. She is one of 12 world leaders who make up The Elders—an organization formed by Nelson Mandela to contribute wisdom, independent leadership and integrity to tackling some of the world’s greatest challenges. Most recently, Robinson founded the nonprofit organization Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative, which promotes equitable trade, humane practices in the work environment, corporate responsibility and women’s leadership.
The purpose of this letter is to invite you to work with us to create an opportunity for a CWRU student to receive additional funding from us to be placed within an organization where he/she will not only enhance his/her professional and/or technical skills and knowledge, but where he/she will have a chance to participate in the life of the organization in ways that will develop his/her knowledge of ethical principles applied to the workplace, the development of ethical guidelines within an area of practical expertise, the employment practices of an ethical organization, and the challenges of disseminating and maintaining ethical codes and standards within an organization. If you are interested in developing this idea further, we would be delighted to hear from you!
For a student to be awarded the $1000 scholarship, the supervisor of the employing organization will need to provide some examples of the ethical components which will be integrated into the student’s intern/extern experience. We recognize that it may not be possible to predict all of the occasions for ethical training that may develop as situations arise naturally during the period of a student’s intern/externship. Our hope is that ethical learning will be an ongoing and collaborative process between supervisor and trainee. The student will be required to complete an application and submit a brief essay to the Inamori Center along with the defined ethical components provided by his or her employing supervisor. The one (1) CWRU student who presents the most compelling application will receive the $1000 of funding (retroactive to the internship placement) by the Inamori Center and be named the winner of the Inamori Intern/Extern Scholarship. Announcements will be placed in Case Daily, on the Inamori Center website, in other appropriate venues, and a plaque will be hung in the Inamori Center; all naming both the student and the organization where he/she will is placed. In addition, the supervisor of the employing organization will be awarded an Inamori Certificate for Ethics in Professional Training.
We would appreciate that you keep the Inamori Ethics in Professional Training Scholarship in mind during your recruiting process, so that the CWRU student of your choosing might financially benefit further, your organization might be recognized as the home of an Inamori Ethics in Professional Training certificate award winner, and above all, our students and employing organizations will maintain focus on the implications of ethical business practices throughout his or her intern/extern program.
For further information, please contact Assistant Director Gail Papay at the Inamori Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 216-368-2456. Many thanks!
Shannon E. French, Ph.D.
Inamori Professor of Ethics; Director, Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-7051