Sabina Beleuz Neagu graduates from Stanford having tackled one of Silicon Valley’s most pressing problems — corporate secrecy. As part of the Ethics Center's Undergraduate Honors Program, Beleuz wrote her thesis on the legal implementation of corporate secrecy and its ethical impact on the moral decisions of corporations, employees, and society at large. Before she heads to graduate school, we asked Beleuz to elaborate on her experience in our program.
Why did you decide to participate in the Honors Program in Ethics in Society?
I had always been interested in ethical issues. I had been searching for an opportunity to conduct long-term independent research and the Honors Program in Ethics in Society was the perfect place to do this. It also offered faculty connections to guide me along the way.
In a few sentences, give us a sense of what your honors thesis research was about.
My honors thesis, “Corporate Secrecy: An Invisible Impediment to Moral Accountability,” delves into the legal mechanisms of confidentiality that corporations use today and seeks to examine the human impact of them. It questions how secrecy affects employee recourse in a dispute, such as the ability to voice their concerns outwardly. I examine how this stifling of legal recourse affects society’s ability to hold corporations accountable.
What was the single most rewarding aspect of writing your honors thesis?
In hindsight, the most rewarding aspect was being able to see how my questioning of the ethical issues I found so fascinating evolved from beginning to end. My thesis plan at the beginning of this process looked nothing like it does today. Just having the freedom to take a stance and question that stance until the issues came into focus was by far the most rewarding aspect.
Beyond your thesis, what are some of the most memorable moments of your Stanford undergraduate experience?
I have loved the camaraderie and mutual struggle experienced with my Ethics in Society Honors Cohort! I feel like we have truly become a community of friends learning from each other. Beyond that, I have been involved with the Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students for the past four years. Here, I was able to explore socially impactful entrepreneurship and bond with a team — making it another highlight of my Stanford career.
What opportunities would you like to pursue within the next five years?
I would like to pursue graduate school in tech policy followed by law school. I hope both will aid me in continuing a career researching the human impacts that corporations leave on society.