We seek to strengthen the Judeo-Christian ethical foundations in business and public policy decisions by fostering dialogue among academic and corporate leaders and by integrating the teaching of ethics throughout the business curriculum at Notre Dame.

A Conference at the University of Notre Dame on "A Global Compact For Sustainable Development. Advancing Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si')"

PRESS RELEASE: Archbishop Auza, papal nuncio to the United Nations, addresses conference on sustainable development

PRESS RELEASE: Conference explores Laudato Si’ and sustainable development


On April 3-4, 2016, the University of Notre Dame and the UN Global Compact convened a meeting designed to educate students about the role of business in advancing the SDGs and to attract more companies to participate in the endeavor. The theme of the meeting was expressed well by Lise Kingo, the new UN Global Compact Executive Director: “From principled business practices to making long-term commitments aligned with the SDGs, we need more companies around the world to join the UN Global Compact and help to change the world around them.” Leading companies advancing the SDGs  addressed the meeting with their formula for success.

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2016 Frank Cahill Lecture in Business Ethics, and the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. Award

Time: Tue Mar 29, 2016, 4:00PM - 5:30PM

Location: Jordan Auditorium, Mendoza College of Business

The Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business hosted the 2016 Frank Cahill Lecture in Business Ethics, and the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. Award. The Cahill Lecture, which was a panel discussion on ethical issues faced by recent business school graduates, was followed by the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. Award. ECOLAB INC., (acceptance by Douglas Baker, Chairman and CEO of ECOLAB INC.) was honored with the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. Award.



May 2016 trip to Japan 



This photo is of May 2016 trip to Japan where Father Williams was lecturing to a group from the Notre Dame Alumni Travel.

United Nations University in Tokyo 


The Photo is of Professor Williams and his class at the United Nations University in Tokyo, February 2016.  The members of the class were from 15 countries and were studying Leadership for Sustainability.

The week of September 21st, 2015, was perhaps the busiest in the history of the United Nations headquarters in New York City

On Friday morning, September 25th, Pope Francis addressed the worldwide heads of state and government and focused on the key themes of his leadership expressed well in the June 2015 encyclical, On Care for Our Common Home (Laudate Si'). He focused on the dangers from "the environmental deterioration caused by human activity," the need to show compassion for immigrants, refugees and all the poor, and the urgent need to work for peace in a troubled world... A Global Compact For Sustainable Development(97K).

Father Williams, along with the two other members of the Board of Directors of the United Nations Global Compact and several staff members of the United Nations, drafted the RESPONSE See the document to the Papal Encyclical on the Environment(304K).

2015 Society of Business Ethics Meeting


Some of the Leaders of the Business Ethics Field at the 2015 Society of Business Ethics Meeting. From Left to Right: Manny Velasquez, Richard DeGeorge, Ollie Williams, CSC., Jerry Cavanagh, S.J. and Ken Goodpaster

15th Anniversary Celebration at the United Nations


Leaders at the UN Global Compact attending the 15th Anniversary Celebration at the United Nations in June 2015. From Left to Right: John Ruggie, Ollie Williams, CSC., Sir Mar Moody-Stuart, and Malcomb McIntosh