Business Ethics Expert Rev. Oliver Williams, C.S.C. to Speak At Stonehill

March 14, 2014


Rev. Oliver Williams, C.S.C.

A renowned expert in business ethics, Rev. Oliver Williams, C.S.C. will speak at Stonehill’s Martin Institute on Monday, March 24th at 7 p.m. 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 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 as well as 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: TheSouth 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 of the University of 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.

Williams is an ordained Catholic priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross.