Verizon Sponsors Lecture Series on Ethical Business Practices

NEW YORK - For the sixth consecutive year, Verizon will sponsor a lecture series on business ethics at Bentley College, Waltham, Mass. Presented by Bentley's Center for Business Ethics, the series begins today and will run through April 2nd.

Begun in 1999, the lecture series attracts business leaders, experts in the academic world, students and the public. The lectures explore and analyze how ethical conduct affects all aspects of a company's operations.

"Ethics and corporate values are an integral part of any company's foundation and mission," said Anne Carroll, director of Verizon's Office of Ethics and Business Compliance. "Good corporate governance and sound moral values and principles are in the public eye more than ever before. Ethical standards and practices are a hallmark of Verizon and its employees. This lecture series is part of Verizon's continuing efforts to promote rigorous policies throughout the business world."

Norman E. Bowie, Ph.D., the Elmer L. Andersen Chair in Corporate Responsibility at the University of Minnesota, will speak as part of the Verizon Visiting Professorship in Business Ethics and Information Technology. His lecture titled, "Digital Rights And Wrongs - Intellectual Property in the Information Age," is free and open to the public. During the week, Dr. Bowie will visit classrooms and spark discussions with students about general business ethics topics. He also will meet with college faculty members to develop ways to blend business ethics into their curriculum.

"Verizon's continued support is allowing us to take our visiting professor program into its sixth year," said Mike Hoffman, executive director of the Center for Business Ethics at Bentley College. "In our efforts to provide a business education that recognizes the central importance of ethical decision-making, there is incalculable value to students and faculty in having lectures and workshops given by nationally renowned ethics professors and business leaders. Bentley's focus on technology in business, and the very important roles that technology and communication play in promoting integrity in business, make a technological and ethical leader like Verizon a very fitting partner for this program."

Bentley College is a business university renowned for its educational leadership in information technology.

Verizon was the first recipient of the Business Ethics Award from the Center for Business Ethics, and is a sponsoring partner of The Ethics Officer Association.

A Fortune 20 company, Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) is one of the world's leading providers of communications services, with approximately $68 billion in annual revenues. Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States. Verizon is also the largest directory publisher in the world, as measured by directory titles and circulation. Verizon's international presence includes wireline and wireless communications operations and investments, primarily in the Americas and Europe. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.