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The University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business announced that CoBank is the inaugural Charter Sponsor of its Institute for Enterprise Ethics which is dedicated to helping executives, officers and directors integrate best practices for sustaining ethical organizations. The Institute holds regular peer-to-peer executive roundtable discussions, webinars, electronic discussions and its Research Fellows program provides funding for faculty research aimed directly at problems of practical importance to business today.

As part of its sponsorship, CoBank will provide significant financial support and active executive participation over several years. Ann Trakimas, CoBank’s chief operating officer, will sit on the Institute’s executive advisory board. In addition, the Institute will partner with CoBank to offer educational events for the bank’s employees, directors and customers that will be designed to elevate the discussion of ethical issues facing today’s business.

“The Institute is a key component in the relationship between the Daniels College of Business and the business community,” said Dan Sweeney, executive director of the Institute for Enterprise Ethics. “CoBank will help us provide venues for the frank exchange of ideas on the key ethical and leadership issues facing business, provide access to cutting edge research, and give our students real world examples of business in action.”

“CoBank has long been a strong supporter of the Daniels College of Business and we are proud to be a part of the Institute for Enterprise Ethics,” said Ann Trakimas, chief operating officer, CoBank. “The topic of business ethics is a critical one, not only for today’s leaders, but for those who will lead these organizations in the future. We look forward to being part of this important learning process.”

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About CoBank

CoBank is a $90 billion cooperative bank serving vital industries across rural America. The bank provides loans, leases, export financing and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers in all 50 states. The bank also provides wholesale loans and other financial services to affiliated Farm Credit associations serving more than 70,000 farmers, ranchers and other rural borrowers in 23 states around the country.

CoBank is a member of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of banks and retail lending associations chartered to support the borrowing needs of U.S. agriculture and the nation’s rural economy. Headquartered outside Denver, Colorado, CoBank serves customers from regional banking centers across the U.S. and also maintains an international representative office in Singapore.

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