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14 Jan 2019

Akanksha Kumar, The Quint, India

India: Leading business school censures professor in connection with request to disinvite Unilever from recruitment event

"Want IIM-B to Walk the Talk on CSR: Prof on Disinviting Unilever", 11 December 2018

An associate professor [Deepak Malghan] at IIM [Indian Institute of Management] Bangalore has received a censure order from the director for sending a mail to the Placement Committee, saying they should “disinvite” Unilever during campus placement...After a written censure order was issued..., Dr Malghan has retracted his mail...Though [he] maintains that he did so "under protest"...

...[Dr. Malghan had] urged IIM Bangalore to act like a “responsible university”: “Would it be possible to disinvite HUL/Unilever from the upcoming summer placements unless they pledge to end their environmental racism. An institution like IIM-B disinviting them from placements will send out a powerful message that management institutions can actually walk the talk about corporate responsibility.”...Unilever is among the several top-notch private companies that visits IIM-B every year for hiring MBA graduates...[Dr. Malghan] says, “the censure order itself does not cite any particular violation and that’s why I filed an appeal.”...

[IIM Bangalore issued the following statement]: “IIM Bangalore holds the highest traditions of academic freedom, but with it comes responsibility of one’s actions on other stakeholders. This censure was a consequence of a series of issues over a long period of time with the said Faculty member...”

In response to a questionnaire sent by The Quint, [a Hindstan Unilever] spokesperson said: “As part of our drive to attract the most promising talent to work with us, Hindustan Unilever Limited continuously reviews its recruitment strategy. IIM-Bangalore nurtures some of the finest future leaders in the country, and we continue to value our partnership in bringing some of their best and brightest talent into the Unilever fold.”

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