Our Mission, Charter, and History
The Susilo Institute develops ethical capacity in today’s and tomorrow’s global business decision-makers to lead with integrity, inspire courage through action, and use their voices boldly to impact their organizations and the world. It activates this mission in the context of cross-cultural relationships, with a focus at its inception on understanding, appreciating and learning from both Eastern and Western perspectives.
The Harry Susilo Institute for Ethics in the Global Economy was established in 2015 through a generous endowment in perpetuity from BU alumni parent and Indonesian businessman Harry Susilo. As the Questrom School’s first permanently endowed institute, the Susilo Institute is distinct in its locus at the intersection of ethics, economics and global culture. In its dedication to committed engagement, informed dialogue and impassioned debate surrounding today’s most pressing issues in global ethics and the economy, the institute ensures that both Questrom students and business leaders have the information and tools necessary to make strategic, effective and responsible decisions for themselves and their organizations.
The Susilo Institute achieves its mission by:
- Supporting, disseminating and showcasing Questrom scholarly work of the highest quality, specifically with a focus on global and / or cross-cultural ethics;
- Creating and distributing innovative and transformational global business ethics pedagogy to ensure that the integration of ethics into the curriculum is a seamless effort; and
- Inspiring Questrom students and today’s business leaders through provocative and challenging events and thought leadership on and around these issues.
The global focus of the Susilo Institute in its inaugural orientation is on cross-cultural business practices between and among Western and Eastern cultures. To facilitate its work in this arena, the Susilo Institute has established the Academic Collaboration Network (ACN), a unique global faculty community designed to advance business ethics research, teaching and practice. The institute ultimately aims to be a positive influence on both the academic environment and on the larger global economy. “If we want a sustainable business environment, then we must establish a virtuous cycle in business ethics,” says Susilo.