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 STANFORD, Calif., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Symbolizing business initiatives that are reshaping the American workplace, two individuals and two companies have been selected as models of business social activism and recipients of the third annual Business Enterprise Awards, it was announced today by James E. Burke, chairman of The Business Enterprise Trust and former chief executive officer of Johnson & Johnson, Inc.
 In citing the four Award recipients for acts of social vision and moral leadership in American business, Burke hailed each recipient "for exemplifying a spirit of enterprise that richly deserves recognition and emulation."
 The 1993 Business Enterprise Award recipients are:
 -- Jack Stack, president and CEO of Springfield Remanufacturing Corp., Springfield, Mo., for pioneering a highly effective and human management system that requires all employees to learn -- and use -- the company's monthly financial statements to improve the company's performance. Through "open book management" and worker participation, Stack has elicited huge productivity gains and turned around a failing manufacturing plant in an intensely competitive industry.
 -- Julia Stasch, president and COO of Stein & Company, a Chicago- based commercial real estate services company, for creating a highly effective new model of affirmative action in the construction industry. Through the Female Employment Initiative, Stasch brought together private industry, women's groups, community organizations and others to help Chicago women pursue careers in a field historically closed to them.
 -- Finast, Ohio, Cleveland, Ohio for demonstrating that a major business can operate profitably in distressed inner-city neighborhoods, spurring new economic development in the process. Through resourceful management and active collaboration with the community, Finast now operates seven state-of-the-art "superstores" in the inner city of Cleveland, offering the same low prices and wide variety as suburban stores.
 -- DAKA International, Inc., Danvers, Mass., a restaurant and food service business, for launching an aggressive AIDS education program in an industry that is highly vulnerable to public misconceptions about the disease. By initiating frank, open discussion of the issue and compassionate employee policies, DAKA has shown great moral leadership in confronting one of the most urgent issues of our time.
 The Business Enterprise Trust was founded in 1989 by television producer and writer Norman Lear, along with 17 other leaders in American business, labor, the media and academia. In addition to Burke and Lear, other Trustees include Warren E. Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway; Katharine Graham, chairman of the Washington Post; Sol M. Linowitz, former Ambassador and senior counsel of Coudert Brothers; and Robert B. Reich, now Secretary of Labor, among others. The Board of Trustees personally selected the four Award recipients from several hundred nominations.
 Commenting on this year's recipients, Lear said, "These creative efforts show how businesses can prosper and still answer President Clinton's challenge to find our new direction in basic old values that brought us here over the last two centuries: a commitment to opportunity, to individual responsibility, to community, to work, to family and to faith.'"
 The 1993 Business Enterprise Award recipients will be honored at a ceremony which will take place later this year.
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 /CONTACT: Barbara Tollis or Don Ciaramella of the Lippin Group/New York, 212-986-7080; Cliff Dektar or Paul Nichols of the Lippin Group/Los Angeles, 213-965-1990, for Business Enterprise Trust; or Kirk Hanson or Kathy Meyer of The Business Enterprise Trust, 415-321-5100/


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