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April 18, 2005
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Sutton lecturer at KU to address business ethics challenges in pharmaceuticals


LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas School of Business and the KU International Center for Ethics in Business will present a lecture by Klaus M. Leisinger, president and chief executive officer of the Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development, on April 19.

Leisinger will deliver the 2005 Walter S. Sutton Ethics Lecture, "Human Rights and Business: Corporate Ethics Challenges for the Pharmaceutical Industry" at 7 p.m. in Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The Novartis Foundation has worked for decades with governments and international partners such as the World Health Organization and other United Nations organizations on disease prevention and treatment programs and other basic healthcare services to promote economic, social and cultural human rights in developing nations.
Leisinger is the foundation's executive director, board of trustees delegate and president. He is a professor of sociology at the University of Basel, Switzerland, and an adviser to such international organizations as the United Nations Development Program and the World Bank.

Since 1993 the KU International Center for Ethics in Business and the KU business school have presented the Walter S. Sutton Lecture Series, made possible by Betsey G. Sutton. Previous speakers include former Navy Secretary James Webb; William S. Kanaga, chair, Center for International Private Enterprise; Hal T. Hansen, chair, Cargill Investor Series; and John Brooks Slaughter, chair, National Science Foundation.

The KU International Center for Ethics in Business is a cooperative effort of business school and KU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Its purpose is to promote individual and corporate integrity in both U.S. and international business through research, service, education in ethical principles and behavior. H. Joseph Reitz, professor of business, and Richard T. DeGeorge, distinguished professor of philosophy, are co-directors.

For more information about the Sutton Lecture or the KU School of Business, call (785) 864-3795.

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