Faculty Recognition - Harry Van Buren
March 22, 2018 - Alex Solt
Dr. Harry Van Buren is the holder of the Rust Professorship in Business Ethics at UNM Anderson and is a champion and scholar of ethics in business practice. His research has led him to diverse topics that are especially relevant in our current social and political climate. His past study has included workplace bullying and its effect on employees and the work environment; predicting future unethical behavior through background checks and pre-employment integrity testing; and companies that develop proactive strategies to minimize the use of hazardous chemicals. His current research includes papers on the living wage as a humane obligation of businesses, preventing human trafficking in global supply chain using effective due diligence processes, and the gender of social capital. Why do these ethical behaviors matter? Dr. Van Buren’s research illustrates that corporate social responsibility builds trust and reflects the values that demonstrate fair and just treatment for all stakeholders including employees, consumers, and investors.
Dr. Van Buren also serves as a key mentor for students involved in the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative. The program, coordinated with NMSU and other partner schools in Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming, offers students the resources to gain insight into the development, collaboration, and best practices of business ethics. Under his guidance, UNM Anderson’s team took the Grand Prize and Viewer’s Choice award at the 2015 Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Case Competition.
In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Van Buren is also the 2018 conference chair for the International Association for Business & Society, and serves as the religion and spirituality section editor for the Journal of Business Ethics and as an associate editor for Business & Society. He is also a frequent panelist for New Mexico in Focus.
UNM Anderson is fortunate to have Dr. Van Buren’s expertise as a guidepost for future business leaders.