NEW YORK, NY – Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) announced today that Accenture is this year’s Corporate Honoree for the Award for Ethical Leadership, which will be presented at FASPE’s annual gala and awards dinner on Monday, April 15 at CNVS in New York City.
Accenture, a global professional services company, is being recognized for its leadership in applying ethical principles to the development and use of artificial intelligence and other innovative 21st-century technologies.
“We expect ethical leadership from our professionals. They are the influencers in our communities,” said David Goldman, Founder and Chair of FASPE, which runs innovative fellowship programs that challenge graduate students and early-career professionals in business, journalism, law, medicine and religion to confront their ethical responsibilities. “Accenture is a company that exemplifies the leadership that is at the core of FASPE’s mission.”
“I am honored to be accepting this award on behalf of Accenture,” said Paul Daugherty, Accenture’s Chief Technology & Innovation Officer. “FASPE is an inspiring organization whose mission to train people to make ethical decisions amid internal and external pressures is more important than ever.
“At Accenture, we believe powerful new technologies such as artificial intelligence will have a huge impact on improving the way every person on the planet works and lives,” continued Daugherty. “However, this can only be the case if organizations put digital trust and ethics at the center of their approach. It is not optional. We are proud of the work that Accenture has pioneered on responsible AI, providing a vision, framework, approach and tools for our own people and for other organizations to ensure that AI is applied with a human and ethical focus.”
Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to improve performance and create sustainable value. Daugherty, who also leads Accenture’s Technology Innovation & Ecosystem group, oversees the company’s technology strategy and is engaged in driving its innovation through R&D and by leveraging emerging technologies.
Presenting the Award for Ethical Leadership to Daugherty will be Mike Eichenwald, an Advisory Leader at the consulting firm LRN and a member of FASPE’s Business Faculty.
Accenture is dedicating the award to its late CEO, Pierre Nanterme, “whose exemplary vision and ethical leadership made our work possible,” said Daugherty.
FASPE is also presenting Awards for Ethical Leadership to two other honorees this year. The Posthumous Honoree will be Fritz Bauer, the late judge and prosecutor who prosecuted Nazi war criminals following World War II under German law and in German courts, despite active opposition from his superiors. And Dhruv Khullar, MD, MPP, is being honored as a Distinguished Fellow for his broad reach in bringing public awareness to key issues in medical ethics today through his writings and public appearances. Khullar, a physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and an assistant professor in the Weill Cornell Department of Healthcare Policy and Research, was a FASPE Medical Fellow in 2012.
FASPE provides a unique historical lens to study contemporary ethics in the professions. Currently entering its tenth year of operations, FASPE’s Business, Journalism, Law, Medical and Seminary programs engage graduate students and early-career professionals in an intensive two-week study trip to Germany and Poland, where they explore contemporary ethical issues in their respective fields by first studying their professional counterparts in Europe during the period of 1933-1945. FASPE selects approximately 65-75 Fellows each year for its five programs through a competitive application process. It currently has over 500 alumni fellows, many of whom are emerging as leaders in their fields.
Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions — underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network — Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With 477,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.
FASPE is a New York non-profit corporation with tax qualification as a 501(c)(3) entity.