Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pledge Binds Graduates to Social, Ethical Goals

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pledge Binds Graduates to Social, Ethical Goals

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NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. -- When Christine Miller graduated from Manchester College nine years ago, she signed a pledge to be socially and environmentally responsible.

So when the company where she worked as a chemist was offered a government contract, she gave it a second look -- and didn't like what she found. She wouldn't give details but said it involved a product that would be poisonous.

She voiced her concerns -- exactly what sponsors of the pledge would want her to do -- and the company turned down the project.

The pledge, sponsored by the Graduation Pledge Alliance based at Manchester College, is intended to encourage college students to find socially responsible jobs and stick to their convictions.

It's also an indicator, experts say, that some graduates entering the work force today are placing more emphasis on ethics than their bottom line.

"I look at it like you have a job for a while . . . but you have to live with yourself forever," said Miller, who left the chemical company last year because she was unhappy with its business. …

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