Illinois State junior Ashley Torri isn’t just learning about corporate social responsibility. She’s putting it into practice.
The human resource management major was one of two Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Day coordinators for Business Week 2014, which wrapped up March 27. Along with fellow coordinator Alex Hausmann, Torri organized a series of CSR Day events centered on an increasingly important concept in the business world—going beyond what is required by regulators to promote the betterment of business practices for sustained positive change.
Torri and Hausmann took CSR Day to new heights this year, said Business Week advisor Steve Vandiver ’86. In addition to recruiting CSR professionals for a panel and organizing a volunteer fair, Torri also launched a first-ever Business Week professional clothing drive. They collected donations at three drop-off locations throughout Business Week and brought the clothing to The Salvation Army in Bloomington.
The goal was to help low-income job seekers find nice, professional clothing for job interviews.
“All of us at the University are so fortunate with all the opportunities we have, so we should share our resources with those who are less fortunate,” Torri said. “And we should understand that corporate social responsibility is very important now in the business world, and as business students, we need to adapt to that and have that follow us into our careers.”
Ryan Denham can be reached at rmdenha@IllinoisState.edu.