Fr. Williams to Speak on Business, Social Justice

Father Oliver Williams

A renowned expert in business ethics, Rev. Oliver Williams, C.S.C. will speak at Stonehill College’s Martin Institute at 4 p.m. March 24, 2014, as part of its two-year theme on Environmental Justice, Sustainability and Economic Development. The title of his talk will be “Can You Do Well While Doing Good?”

During his talk, Fr. Williams will go over the role businesses now play in the realm of social justice and discuss companies who have embraced this shift in thinking.

The director of the Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, Fr. Williams’ research interests also include corporate governance and Catholic social teaching.

He is the editor or author of 18 books and numerous articles on business ethics in journals such as the”Harvard Business Review,””California Management Review,””Business Ethics Quarterly” and”Theology Today.” His recent books include”Economic Imperatives and Ethical Values in Global Business: The South African Experience” and “Global Codes Today”(co-authored with S. Prakash Sethi) and”Peace Through Commerce: Responsible Corporate Citizenship and the UN Global Compact.”

Fr. Williams served as associate provost at Notre Dame from 1987-94 and is a past chair of the Social Issues Division of the Academy of Management. In 2006, he was appointed a member of the three-person Board of Directors at the United Nations Global Compact Foundation. The United Nations Global Compact is the world’s largest voluntary corporate citizenship initiative with over 8,000 businesses in 135 countries as members.

Each year from May until July, Williams serves as a visiting professor at the Graduate Schools of Business of the University of Cape Town. He has also served as the Donald Gordon Visiting Fellow at the University of Cape Town. During the 2012-13 academic year, he served as an International Scholar at Kyung Hee University in Seoul, South Korea.

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