I (name) pledge to thoroughly investigate and take into account the social
and environmental consequences of any job opportunity I consider.
Since 1987 this pledge has appeared at the commencement exercises of Humboldt
State University (California) for graduates to sign voluntarily. It was suggested by the
work of Professor Charles Schwartz, Physics Department, University of California
Berkeley, and was drafted in 1987 by Matt Nicodemus and Jenny Berman of the
Student Citizens for Social Responsibility at HSU. Since then the pledge has
received national press coverage and has appeared in various forms in high schools
and colleges in the USA. It is reprinted here by courtesy of the Graduation Pledge
Alliance at Humboldt State University, which encourages its adoption by others.
For more information, contact: Graduation Pledge Alliance, Box 4439, Arcata,