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MWV & University of Virginia Darden School of Business' Initiative for Business in Society (IBiS)


Tuesday, December 18, 2012 9:16 am EST


Richmond, Virginia
"We are incredibly grateful for MWV’s support as a founding corporate partner and look forward to our important work ahead"

MWV is pleased to announce our founding partnership with the University of Virginia Darden School of Business’ Initiative for Business in Society (IBiS). IBiS has set out to be a leading global catalyst and convener of thought, information and action at the interface of business and society, and we’re honored to be a part of it. 

MWV Chairman and CEO John A. Luke, Jr. will serve on the IBiS Advisory Committee, along with Darden Dean Bob Bruner, Darden faculty and executives of other founding corporate partners — including Amgen and Northrop Grumman.  —.

“Beyond sustainability and corporate social responsibility, truly understanding the interconnectedness of business and society is essential to drive profitable growth, encourage innovation and benefit communities,” said Luke. “It is our privilege to be a part of IBiS, and we look forward to collaborating with other business leaders and researchers to evolve our understanding of our role.”

MWV is widely recognized for our efforts in sustainability, earning us a place on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for eight consecutive years. And as a citizen of the communities in which we do business, we support sustainabilty communities, environmental stewardship and education through the MWV Foundation.

We’re working with IBiS not only because it is the right thing to do, but also because it makes sense for our business.

As a global company, MWV works with our customers to develop innovative packaging solutions that improve the daily lives of people in more than 100 countries around the world. Driven by insights, our products address challenges shaped by economic, cultural and political forces in those countries—forces we work hard to understand.  

“We are incredibly grateful for MWV’s support as a founding corporate partner and look forward to our important work ahead,” said Bruner. “IBiS is the first center of its kind at a leading global business school to focus on the intersection of business and society in alliance with global corporations. MWV’s insights as a global packaging solutions company will be highly valuable as we execute an ambitious research agenda.”


About the MeadWestvaco Foundation

Guided by principles established more than 50 years ago, the MeadWestvaco Foundation promotes sustainable communities, education and environmental stewardship worldwide and encourages employee volunteer participation. Operating in MWV communities, the Foundation partners with both national and local organizations. And through its purposeful involvement since 2003, these programs have benefited from more than $36 million in strategic grants. In addition, employees have given more than 572,000 hours to over 3,000 programs. For more information on the many ways in which the MeadWestvaco Foundation gives back, please visit

About the University of Virginia Darden School of Business
The University of Virginia Darden School of Business is one of the world's leading business schools, offering MBA, Ph.D. and Executive Education programs. The unique Darden experience combines the case study method, the highest-ranked faculty whose research advances global managerial practice and business education, and a tight-knit learning environment to develop principled and complete leaders who are ready to make an impact.

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