Hurley recognized for leadership in business ethics

Robert Hurley

Robert Hurley

Robert Hurley has spent more than 20 years advocating for effective leadership, management and trust. Now his work is being recognized by a leader in the push for ethical business standards.

The Ethisphere Institute has named Hurley, a professor of management at Fordham University’s schools of business, one of its 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics.

“The 2014 list is an inspirational group that has undeniably impacted the way business is regarded and conducted around the globe,” Ethisphere Managing Editor Nicole Thomas said.

Joining Hurley, who placed 82nd on the list, is an eclectic group of leaders, including Pope Francis, Elon Musk and the Dalai Lama.

He was honored for his work with the Consortium for Trustworthy Organizations, which, Hurley said, seeks to “expand the number of organizations that can legitimately be called trustworthy by their stakeholders because they consistently demonstrate the values, practices and processes that warrant trust.” Hurley serves as executive director of the organization.

“In just over two years we have conducted three major conferences to share best practices in building trustworthy organizations with speakers from Edelman, IBM, GE, EY, Lockheed Martin, Barclays, Novartis, Shell, AFLAC, AECOM and other organizations,” Hurley said of the consortium. “We are conducting training among leaders in a global bank on how to repair trust and we have published six articles establishing our thought leadership in how to sustain trust by changing organization culture and systems.”

The Ethisphere Institute helps define and advance the standards of ethical business practice throughout the world.

Hurley, a former executive with General Foods, is the author of The Decision to Trust: How Leaders Create High-Trust Organizations, a book named by the Washington Post as one of the best leadership books of 2011. He also was named one of the top 100 thought leaders on trust in 2012. He has published research in the Harvard Business Review, the Journal of Marketing and Decision Sciences and the Oxford University Press.

He has a BS from Fordham, an MBA from the Wharton School and a doctorate from Columbia University.

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