Tuck prepares students to be principled business leaders who are conscious of the social and environmental impact of their decisions. The mission of the Allwin Initiative for Corporate Citizenship is to integrate these concerns into the curriculum and the entire MBA experience. We provide resources and opportunities for students to consider and debate issues, gain career experience, and learn from role models.
The initiative envisions every Tuck student graduating with a heightened social conscience, a strong sense of business ethics, a basic understanding of social enterprise, and a familiarity with the management tools that facilitate corporate responsibility and community involvement. Its vision further embraces alumni and business leaders, who will view the Allwin Initiative for Corporate Citizenship as a resource for investigating best practices and current thinking on such topics as corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, venture philanthropy, and community involvement.
Tuck has a long tradition of student volunteerism in the Upper Valley and programs designed to stimulate students in discussions of ethics and social responsibility. In the mid 1990s, a core group of students, faculty, administrators, and alumni, which included Alan Pesky T’60 and Jeff Halpern T’95, formed a task force to consider ways to bring these issues to the fore and create a more coherent approach. Funded by the Ariel Halpern Endowment, student-initiated activities like the Tuck nonprofit fund, which enables students to do a summer internship with a nonprofit organization, grew in prominence. In the summer of 2000, the efforts of the task force culminated in a strategic plan written by Gretchen Steidle Wallace T’01. With the support of Dean Paul Danos, the Initiative for Corporate Citizenship was created in July 2001. With its naming gift by James Allwin T’76, the Allwin Initiative for Corporate Citizenship had its official launch in February 2002.