No business can function well unless it earns the trust of the community where it operates. Without that trust, business is hard to conduct. It’s harder to create deals with local business and government, and employee engagement suffers if a business isn’t a good community citizen.

At Johns Hopkins University, we are fortunate to have an institutional commitment to our community that’s expressed in the university’s goals. Under the leadership of our president, Ronald Daniels, the university has resolved to accomplish ten important goals by 2020. The seventh of these is:

Enhance and enrich our ties to Baltimore, the nation, and the world, so that Johns Hopkins becomes the exemplar of a globally engaged urban university.

Click here to see our Ten by Twenty goals.

Sean Hunter, an excellent storyteller, explains how Hancock Bank earned the trust of the community when people desperately needed help after Hurricane Katrina.

It’s an inspiring story that I hope will trigger an important conversation: what else can we, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore’s largest private employer, do for our community?