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Gabelli School Centennial Emphasizing Sustainability with PVH Corp. Partnership

Announcements Gabelli100 | Jan 08, 2020 |

Over the last century, the mission of the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University has been to educate compassionate leaders who understand the ways business can improve the world.

Throughout 2020, the Gabelli School will be celebrating its centennial year with a new sustainability partnership with PVH Corp., a global fashion and lifestyle company whose portfolio includes CALVIN KLEIN and Tommy Hilfiger, among others. 

Over the course of the partnership, PVH will dedicate $1 million to the Gabelli School of Business to enhance sustainability curriculum and support speakers, visiting scholars and academic conferences that convene global thought leaders.

The Gabelli School’s vision is to become a world leader in social innovation by inspiring and equipping its graduates to be business leaders who understand the sustainability challenges that businesses face.

The funding will create a yearly sustainability conference, new faculty fellowship and visiting-scholars programs, a sustainability lecture series, in addition to expanding the school’s academic offerings to include courses such as sustainable accounting.

“Our partnership with PVH Corp. reflects an innovative model for the Gabelli School – one that takes a holistic, multi-stakeholder approach toward creating impact,” said Donna Rapaccioli, Ph.D., dean of the Gabelli School of Business. Strategically, we are engaging a full range of Gabelli School community members, from sponsoring a student business plan that aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, to bringing in visiting scholars who are leaders in their fields. This partnership will prove that two organizations with very similar values – but in very different industries – can meaningfully connect to support social and environmental good at a time when we need it most,” Rapaccioli said.

PVH Chairman & CEO Manny Chirico graduated from the Gabelli School of Business and currently sits on the board of trustees of the University. In 2018, Chirico received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University.

“This partnership demonstrates PVH and Fordham’s shared commitment to educate the future by harnessing the power of social responsibility for both financial successes and societal impact,” said Chirico.

Two major events surrounding the partnership will take place during the centennial year. On January 28, 2020, the Gabelli School will begin its centennial celebration with a large-scale event co-hosted by PVH Corp. at 205 W. 39th St. NYC, bringing together hundreds of guests from both organizations.

On March 5, 2020, more than a dozen international thought leaders in technology, global labor markets, and human capital management will convene at Work 2040: Future of Work in a Sustainable World Conference, held at the Gabelli School’s Lincoln Center campus and co-sponsored by PVH Corp.

The conference will explore the emerging global trends that are shaping work and society, and uncover what companies, institutions of higher education, and policymakers are doing to prepare for this future.

For more information on the Gabelli School’s centennial celebrations – including regional receptions, guest speakers and special events – please visit fordham.edu/Gabelli100.

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