NEW YORK — He may be known as a Nobel Peace Prize winner and for championing microcredit, but Muhammad Yunus was fulfilling his Glasgow Caledonian University Chancellor duties Thursday when he talked up the school’s satellite New York office at the Stephen Weiss Studio here. GCU’s 64 Wooster Street space will bow in January.
In his remarks, Yunus also urged attendees to help protect and provide for underpaid and mistreated apparel-factory workers. His words were well placed considering the crowd included U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Alistair Burt and Marks & Spencer’s Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne, among others. With plans to host town hall meetings, TED-type lectures, executive education and “made-to-measure” programs with companies interested in improving labor standards or supply-chain issues, GCU expects 1,000 students and executives to pass through its SoHo doors next year.
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