The Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility at J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University awarded Andrew Young the 2011 Ethics Advocate Award. The Ethics Advocate Award is a prestigious recognition of an individual who has been an effective agent of change in a particular field or in the business community at large.
The selection committee chose Young for his lifetime of leadership for civil and human rights. Young has served as mayor of Atlanta, a Congressman from the 5th district, and United States Ambassador to the United Nations, and was a supporter and friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Designed by Malcolm Grear Designers, the award sculpture consists of a sphere within a crystal cube, resting on a patina bronze base bearing the honoree's name. The selection criteria for the award is based on Aristotle's three components of ethical action: perception, reason, and desire. These three words are engraved upon the cube.
Malcolm Grear further explains the design intent of the award sculpture, "The cube is reflective and seems to be lit from within, referencing a 'light in the world.' Suspended and placed directly in the center of the crystal cube is a semi-transparent sphere that seems to be floating. Such suspension references an inner control in the individual that Aristotle believed was of great ethical value. The physical sphere is made up of countless small points simultaneously forming one large point. The Ethics Advocate is an individual whose actions contain the possibility for positive influence of other individuals and thus a community."