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Sister Pat Daly receives honorary degree

Duquesne University recognized the ministry achievements of Sister Patricia Daly, OP, Executive Director of Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment, by presenting her with an Honorary Doctor of Business Leadership degree at its annual Commencement ceremony on May 7.

Sister Pat also gave a commencement address at the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business diploma ceremony on May 8.

Sister Pat, a Dominican Sister of Caldwell, New Jersey, has worked in corporate responsibility and socially responsible investing for more than 30 years. At Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment, Sister Pat represents institutional investors to the national Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, which encompasses 300 Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Buddhist organizations holding more than $100 billion in investments.

She has worked with companies on issues including human rights, labor, ecological concerns, militarism, equality, health, tobacco, debt, international capital flows, and corporate governance.

Text of Citation from Duquesne University

Duquesne University
Doctor of Business Leadership, honoris causa (D.B.L.)
Sr. Patricia A. Daly, OP

Sister Patricia Daly, for more than three decades you have been raising the standards for corporate leadership by compelling executives to rethink their business practices and recognize the importance of the environment and the individual.

Answering the call to a religious vocation with the Sisters of St. Dominic, an order founded to preach the truth, from the outset your life’s work has exemplified that group’s highest ideals.

While still a novice, your order learned that a company it held stock in exploited its workers. At a shareholder meeting, you drew attention to the injustices that others were all too willing to ignore. Today, as Executive Director of the Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment, you are succeeding in challenging executives to be responsible for decisions that affect people, communities and the global environment.

News media around the world have tracked your campaigns to get powerful corporations to be accountable and open to public scrutiny. Refusing to give in when the welfare of the powerless is concerned, you continue to convince corporate leaders to change their behavior and as a result, create more socially responsible and profitable companies.

As a woman of prayer, you have shown us that prayers are answered through our individual and collective actions. As a voice for socially responsible investing, you have taught us that a company’s ability to be profitable and its responsibility to be ethical must be harmonious goals.

Therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Board of Directors of Duquesne University and by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, I hereby confer upon you the degree of Doctor of Business Leadership, honoris causa, with all the rights and privileges thereunto attached, and cause you to be invested with the hood appropriate to that degree.

Charles J. Dougherty, Ph.D.
University President