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Newmont Sponsors Student Competition Promoting Ethics in Business

For the second year running, Newmont was proud to be the top corporate sponsor of the Diversity and Business Ethics Case Competition (DEBCC) at the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business in Boulder.

The competition, hosted by the Office of Diversity Affairs and the Center for Education on Social Responsibility on February 17-18, 2016, featured teams of undergraduate students from Fort Lewis College, School of Business Administration; Indiana University-Bloomington, Kelley School of Business; University of Colorado – Boulder, Leeds School of Business; University of Colorado – Denver, Business School; and University of Denver, Daniels College of Business.

Two weeks prior to the competition, teams received a business case challenge highlighting real-world leadership issues that posed both diversity-related and ethical dilemmas. The competing teams were charged with developing solutions that integrated academic and professional interests, while striving for gender, race, ethnic and age balance.

Each team presented its understanding of challenges facing an organization that had developed an HR Artificial Intelligence (AI) software program to review, screen and select potential candidates while providing innovative solutions. The three-judge panel included Newmont’s Beatrice Opoku-Asare, Director Global Inclusion and Diversity; Donna Tikkanen-Davis, Arrow Electronics’ VP HR, Global Employee Capability; and Noah Ahn-O’Connor, VP Information Strategist of Key Bank.

“As the teams experienced during the competition, workplace decisions related to diversity and ethics can be among the most challenging and controversial for business leaders,” said Beatrice Opoku-Asare. “It was impressive to see how each team approached the case study by carefully balancing bottom line results, values, ethics, diversity and key stakeholders. Successfully navigating these considerations requires thoughtful, well-rounded people who lead based on values. Newmont’s core value of inclusion guides our business leaders to create an environment where everyone can contribute, develop and work together to deliver our strategy.”

Newmont is proud to support the DBECC which provides an opportunity for students to gain real world experience while competing in a case challenge focused on diversity and ethics.

To learn more about Newmont’s work to create a high performing organization, please visit our sustainability report, Beyond the Mine.

The 2017 Diversity and Business Ethics Case Competition for the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder. (Photo by Casey A. Cass/University of Colorado)

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