Corporate Responsibility Executive Institute Launched

Corporate Responsibility Executive Institute Launched

Partnership between ACCP and University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business
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Friday, February 20, 2015 - 1:15pm

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ORLANDO, Fla., February 20, 2015 /3BL Media/ ­– ACCP and the University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business announced today the formation of the Corporate Responsibility Executive Institute (CREI). CREI will deliver business-based executive development programs tailored for seasoned Corporate Responsibility (CR) professionals who have an emphasis on social value creation and business integration.

“The role and the importance of CR in corporations has escalated. Corporate Responsibility, in most companies, is viewed as an essential, not just a nice to have," said Mark Shamley, President & CEO of ACCP.

The demand for skilled, business-minded professionals has never been more pronounced than it is today. ACCP evaluated a number of exceptional world-renowned universities in searching for a partner able to co-deliver an educational learning experience focused on developing relatable business skills and competencies critical to leading successful CR initiatives.  

“The University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business is a legendary educational institution that will provide a professional development experience for CR executives unlike any other,” Shamley continued.

“Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business embraces the challenge of further developing the leaders of our global markets, assisting them as they transform their organizations and their communities, and inspiring these leaders to live their values in new and meaningful ways,” said Joseph S. O'Hannigan, ND MBA ’96, Senior Associate Director of Executive Programs, Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.

“We see great alignment between our efforts and those of ACCP. With respect to the specific challenges of corporate responsibility, we ‘Ask More’. Our Notre Dame team is always ‘Asking More of Business, and Asking More of Individual Leaders.’ That slogan carries a lot of meaning for us; by ‘Ask More’ we mean the three pillars of business: 1) Individual Integrity, 2) Effective Organizations, and 3) Corporate Social Responsibility. Our joint programs with ACCP and new certification for CR professionals tackle all three with a unique value proposition and world class instruction,” said O’Hannigan.

CREI, comprised of three uniquely designed programs, will begin accepting applications for the programs in early March, with the first program being offered in August of 2015. Funding for the development of CREI was provided for by the CREI Trustees: Amgen, Capital One, ConAgra and KPMG. Experienced corporate executives with a social investment, philanthropic, or volunteer engagement focus and at least five years of experience are encouraged to apply.  

Notre Dame and its Mendoza College of Business share a mission similar to ACCP, and they have always challenged leaders to go beyond solving business problems that drive the bottom line. Notre Dame strives to develop ethical leaders who have a broad vision of the world and understand how to use business to improve local and global communities. Participants in Notre Dame programs are reminded to balance mind with heart, and personal success with care for others. The Mendoza College of Business, #1 for business education from 2010 through today, according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek, offers top ranked programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels.  Participants constantly point to the results of their Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business experience:

  • Great problem solving skills
  • Highly collaborative, team-oriented work ethic
  • A broad view of business
  • An ethical approach to everyday business decisions
  • Impact: ability to do more in this highly complex and challenging marketplace

Founded in 2005, ACCP is the sole membership-based organization chartered to champion the Corporate Philanthropy professional. ACCP connects members to information, peers and resources and cultivates educational opportunities that promote better stewardship of corporate philanthropic resources thereby magnifying social and business impacts. For more information on ACCP, please email Erica Bader Sorrell at or visit


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