Christos Papoutsy Delivers Address
to University Students in Athens

On June 3, 2004, at the Hilton Hotel in Athens, Greece, the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce sponsored a workshop for university students and faculty on corporate social responsibility and business ethics. A large number of post-graduate business, economics, and marketing students participated in a presentation and workshop led by Christos Papoutsy. Attending the presentation and workshop were faculty and graduate students of Panteion University in Athens, LaVerne University, University of Indianapolis, New York College, Anatolia College of Thessaloniki, and Deree-Pierce College.

The afternoon workshop included a one-hour power-point presentation by Mr. Papoutsy on key topics of corporate social responsibility and business ethics, with concrete examples from the corporate business world. A former CEO of Cooper Industries, a worldwide giant in the electronics industry, Mr. Papoutsy distilled current writings about corporate social responsibility, breaking down its foundations into key components: solid business practices, a "company of citizens," legal checks and balances, and institutionalization. Among the specific topics discussed were moral capitalism, corporate fraud, new legislation and regulations, solid business practices, transparency, inventory screening, and the avoidance of corruption. Following the presentation, there was a lengthy discussion session which drew upon the speaker's extensive personal knowledge of business expertise.

The American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit, self-supporting organization, and was established in 1932 to promote economic and business relations between the United States and Greece. With a corporate membership today of some 1000 U.S. companies operating in Greece and major Greek enterprises doing business with the U.S., it continues to encourage and facilitate trade, investments and professional partnerships on both sides of the Atlantic. Additionally, the Chamber is a fully accredited member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. and is affiliated with the European Council of American Chambers of Commerce (ECACC). More information about the Chamber can be found on the Internet at

Christos Papoutsy is the former owner and president of Hollis Engineering-Cooper Electronics Co., with sales in the hundreds of millions of dollars worldwide, and director of United States Arbitration & Mediation Co. A noted Greek-American philanthropist, Archon of the Greek Orthodox Church, and member of Leadership 100, Mr. Papoutsy presently writes and lectures on business, entrepreneurship and business ethics. He is also an accomplished musician (santouri and percussion) and the conductor and founder of the 30-piece Hellenic and Near Eastern Musical Society Orchestra. For more information about Mr. Papoutsy, or to read other articles on corporate social responsibility or on the topics of the Horatio Alger Lecture Series, log onto the Business Arena section of the Hellenic Communication Service website at, or visit the webpages of the Christos and Mary Papoutsy Distinguished Chair in Business Ethics at Southern New Hampshire University at Mr. Papoutsy welcomes comments and may be reached via email at