Ed Freeman, Professor of Business Administration, Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, Kip Tindell, CEO, The Container Store, Jonathan Sokoloff, Managing Partner, Leonard Green & Partners, and Chet Keizer, CEO, Iris USA discuss how stakeholders can promote better businesses for benefiting the world.
R. Edward Freeman joined the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration in 1987. Currently he is University Professor and Elis and Signe Olsson Professor of Business Administration; Senior Fellow of the Olsson Center for Applied Ethics; and, Academic Director of the Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics. Freeman is also Professor of Religious Studies and a Faculty Advisor to the University's Institute for Practical Ethics. He is also Adjunct Professor of Stakeholder Management at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark and a Visiting Professor at Nyenrode Business School (Netherlands). He currently holds an honorary appointment as the Welling Professor at George Washington University and the Gourlay Professorship at University of Melbourne. Prior to coming to The Darden School Mr. Freeman taught at University of Minnesota, and The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Freeman's latest book, Stakeholder Theory: The State of the Art was published by Cambridge University Press in 2010. Managing for Stakeholders was published in 2007 by Yale University Press. His co-authors are Jeffrey Harrison, Andrew Wicks, Bidhan Parmar, and Simone de Colle. He is the author or editor of over twenty volumes and one hundred articles in the areas of stakeholder management, business strategy and business ethics.
Freeman is perhaps best known for his award winning book: Strategic Management: A Stakeholder Approach, published in 1984, where he traced the origins of the stakeholder idea to a number of others, and suggested that businesses build their strategy around their relationships with key stakeholders. That book was re-issued in 2010 by Cambridge University Press. He was the editor of the 15 volume Ruffin Series in Business Ethics published by Oxford University Press. He is the co-editor with S. Hart and D. Wheeler of the new series, Business, Society and Value Creation, published by Cambridge University Press, which currently contains six volumes.
Mr. Freeman has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Washington University, and a B.A. in Mathematics and Philosophy from Duke University. He was recently awarded an honorary doctorate in economics (DHC) from Comillas University in Madrid for his work on stakeholder theory and business ethics. He has received the 6th Annual Outstanding Teaching Award from the Wharton Advisory Board, a Top Ten Teachers Award from the Wharton MBA Program, and in 1986 was named Teacher of the Year at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. In 1991, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2007, and 2008 he was selected by the graduating class of the Darden School to be a Faculty Marshall. In 1993 he was chosen for the Outstanding Faculty Award by the Darden student body. In 2001 he was honored by the World Resources Institute and the Aspen Institute with a Pioneer Award for Lifetime Achievement. In 2005 he received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Virginia State Council on Higher Education. Mr. Freeman is a lifelong student of philosophy, martial arts, and the blues.
Chet Keizer is the President of IRIS, USA.
Jonathan Sokoloff joined Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. (“LGP”) in 1990. He presently serves on the Board of Directors of BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc., The Brickman Group, Ltd., The Container Store, David’s Bridal, Inc., J Crew Group, Inc., Jetro Cash & Carry, Inc., Jo-Ann Stores, Inc., The Sports Authority, Inc., The Tire Rack, Inc., Tourneau, Inc., and Whole Foods Market.
Other companies currently in LGP’s portfolio include Aspen Dental Management, Inc., Petco Animal Supplies, Inc., Neiman Marcus Group, Inc., and Leslie’s Poolmart, Inc.
Before joining LGP, Jonathan was a Managing Director in Investment Banking at Drexel Burnham Lambert.
Kip Tindell has been at the helm of The Container Store since it first opened its doors in Dallas in 1978 - creating the first ever store devoted solely to storage and organization products. As the company celebrates more than 30 years with stores nationwide and a thriving Web site, Tindell continues his commitment to being a trailblazing retailer. But for Tindell, the goal never has been growth for growth's sake. Rather, it's to adhere to a fundamental set of corporate values, centered around intense employee commitment, strict merchandising, and superior customer service. Success has been the natural and inevitable result. Tindell continues to embody the unique corporate culture he created, and has nurtured a fierce employee loyalty that has landed the company on FORTUNE magazine's list of "100 Best Companies to Work For" 12 years in a row.