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The Botwinick Prize in Ethics
The Botwinick Prizes in Business Ethics and Ethical Practice in the Professions were established with a generous endowment from the late Benjamin Botwinick, BS ’26 and his wife Bessie (pictured). Each year the Botwinick Prize recognizes an outstanding leader who exhibits the highest standard of ethical conduct in business or the professions.
The Benjamin Botwinick Prize in Business Ethics is awarded to an individual or representative of a business organization exemplifying the highest standard of professional and ethical conduct. The Benjamin Botwinick Prize for Ethical Practice in the Professions is awarded to an individual or firm and recognizes ethical decision making in any of the professions, including, but not limited to, accounting, advertising, architecture, health care, journalism, law, public service and social service.
Each year, the Botwinick Prize acceptance speech is delivered to MBA students, faculty, alumni and staff. Recipients highlight ethical issues that have arisen during their career and life experiences. Topics in the past have included: lessons in ethics and corporate governance from recent corporate scandals, principles of values-based leadership with employees and communities, building reputation with authenticity, operating in developing countries, sustainable business practices to improve the environment, the role for business in tackling climate change and establishing codes of conduct to deal with bribery and corruption.
Each year Benjamin Botwinick scholarships are awarded to Columbia Business School students. The Botwinick Prizes and Scholarships reinforce Columbia Business School’s Individual, Business and Society curriculum, which emphasizes a commitment to leadership and ethics through core courses, extracurricular activities and research.
Past Recipients of the Botwinick Prize in Ethics include:
Business Ethics 2014:
Business Ethics 2013:
Business Ethics 2012:
Business Ethics 2011:
Business Ethics 2010:
Business Ethics 2009:
Business Ethics 2008:
Business Ethics 2007:
Patrick Cescau, Group Chief Executive of Unilever
Business Ethics 2006:
James Sinegal, President and CEO of Costco Wholesale Corporation
Business Ethics 2005:
Joan Bavaria, founding president and chief executive officer, Trillium Asset Management
Business Ethics 2004:
Lord John Browne, group chief executive of BP p.l.c.
Ethical Practice in the Professions 2003:
William McDonough, founding partner of McDonough + Partners
Business Ethics 2002:
Business Ethics 2001:
Jeffrey Swartz, president and chief executive officer of The Timberland Company
Business Ethics 2000:
Howard Schultz, chairman and chief global strategist of Starbucks
Business Ethics 1999:
Henry Kravis ’69, founding partner of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Company and founder and chairman of the New York City Investment Fund
Business Ethics 1998:
Ethical Practice in the Professions 1998:
Business Ethics 1997:
Lord David Sainsbury ’71, former chairman of J. Sainsbury PLC and Minister for Science, United Kingdom
Business Ethics 1996:
Aaron Feuerstein, president and owner, Malden Mills Industries, Inc.
Ethical Practice in the Professions 1996:
Washington SyCip ’43, chairman, The SGV Group
Business Ethics 1995:
Eugene Lang ’40, chairman emeritus of REFAC Technology Development Corporation and founder of the "I Have A Dream" Foundation
Ethical Practice in the Professions 1995:
James Kuhn, professor emeritus of Columbia Business School
Business Ethics 1994:
Anita Roddick, cofounder and chief executive officer of The Body Shop
Business Ethics 1993:
Donald J. Weiss, president and chief executive officer of White Storage and Retrieval Systems, Inc.
Business Ethics 1992:
Muriel Siebert, president and chief executive officer of Muriel Siebert & Co., Inc.
Business Ethics 1991:
Robert Gill, vice chairman and chief operating officer of J.C. Penney Company, Inc.
Business Ethics 1989:
Elliot Lehman, cochairman of FEL-PRO, Inc.
Botwinick family with Botwinick scholarship students.
Research Insights on Leadership and Ethics
Assistant Professor of Finance and Economics
"Banks in India...the accounts are not well used...This may be because they have to walk the 3km to the bank; or it may be due to other obstacles, such as procrastination.”
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Jack R. Anderson Professor of Business
"The industry has developed general principles on which portfolio risk should be decomposed but actually determining the risk contributions can be difficult in complex portfolios.”
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Senior Vice Dean and Paul Calello Professor of Leadership and Ethics
"Those in a homogeneous group put much less effort into the task at hand in part because they were more interested in avoiding conflict. Diverse environments allowed people to focus on the task instead of their social relationship."
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Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Associate Professor of Leadership and Ethics
"If a firm already has one woman in a top management position, then the odds that another woman will also have a top position is lower. It’s as if women are over-distributed among firms, or spread out more evenly than chance alone would dictate.”
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