Two long-time advocates for corporate social responsibility were honored by the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility last night.
Ursuline Sister Valerie Heinonen and attorney Paul Neuhauser were the first recipients of the Legacy Award from the organization, which since 1971 as prodded large corporations to act in the best interests of local communities, the world’s poor and the environment.
Sister Valerie, who was recently hospitalized, has been active in the corporate responsibility movement for 35 years when she joined the ICCR staff. After 20 years, which included a stint as interim executive director, she began serving as a consultant on corporate responsibility to her order, the Ursuline Sisters of Tildonk, the Dominican Sisters of Hope and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.
In a 2005 New York Times article on her work, she was quoted saying that “part of what we are doing is planting seeds.”
Neuhauser, a founding member of the ICCR, serves as its resident legal adviser. Professor emeritus in the University of Iowa’s College of Law, Neuhauser has been the organization’s principal contact with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
He has been called one of the “giants of shareholder activism” by Broc Romanek, editor of TheCorporateCounsel.net.
The awards were presented in New York during the organization’s 40th anniversary celebration.