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Sustainable Development

The UN Millennium Development Goals, the UN Global Compact, and the Common Good

Edited by Oliver F. Williams, C.S.C.

For business to flourish, society must flourish. In today’s global economy, business serves the common good not only by producing goods and services but also by reaching out to the many who are not even in the market because they lack marketable skills and the resources to acquire them. Sustainable Development: The UN Millennium Development Goals, the UN Global Compact, and the Common Good contains twenty-two essays that document the work of Western companies, working through the UN Global Compact and its Principles of Responsible Investment and the Principles for Responsible Management Education, to shape more peaceful and just societies. Seven case studies by leading businesses and private-public partnerships—including Microsoft, Merck, Sumitomo Chemical, Nestlé, Coca-Cola, Novartis, and Levi Strauss—outline their projects, especially those advancing the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) designed to alleviate dire poverty. Twelve chapters reflect on some of the conceptual issues involved with the MDGs, and the three concluding essays examine the future of the UN Global Compact, of the Millennium Development Goals, and of the role of business enterprise in society.

Contributors: Bishop Kevin Dowling, C.Ss.R., Oliver F. Williams, C.S.C., Daniel Bross, Themba L. Moeti, Innocent Chingombe, Godfrey Musuka, Scott Mitchell, John Bee, Holly Hermes, York Lunau, Kirk O. Hanson, Georges Enderle, Douglass Cassel, Daniel Malan, Philip Parham, Hal Culbertson, James S. O’Rourke, IV, Deborah Rigling Gallagher, Mark R. Kennedy, Ante Glavas, Thomas J. Harvey, Gerald F. Cavanagh, S.J., Eric Hespenheide, Arvid C. Johnson, and Sandra Waddock.

“The United Nations Global Compact is a major initiative in the worldwide effort to ensure the fair distribution of the enormous wealth generated by the globalization of corporate capitalism, an initiative of interest to all nations, corporations public and private, and the present and future citizens of the world. This volume comprises original contributions from the foremost scholars in the field. These papers are the state of the art in the scholarly examination of the international efforts on the part of private enterprise to assist in economic development and forging peace.” — Lisa H. Newton, Fairfield University

“This book offers critical insight into the role businesses must play in cooperation with governments, the United Nations, and civil society to develop more sustainable and healthy societies. _Sustainable Development_ eloquently captures the unmistakable correlation between the private sector and the common good: where equality, human rights and ethics thrive, so too does business.” — Georg Kell, Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact

“Against a sombre picture of global challenges painted by Bishop Kevin Dowling, Fr. Oliver Williams has assembled an outstanding collection of contributions demonstrating how six diverse multinationals have addressed these challenges both in their core businesses, through their supply chains, and where they have voluntarily taken on projects to advance human rights in the wider society. Papers from academia and civil society then frankly analyse what such corporate efforts really mean in terms of delivering benefits to both shareholders and society, as well as discussing criticisms.” — Mark Moody-Stuart, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Hermes Equity Ownership Services and the United Nations Global Compact Foundation

ISBN: 978-0-268-04429-9
E-ISBN 978-0-268-09672-4
440 pages
Publication Year: 2014

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Oliver F. Williams, C.S.C., is director of the Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business and associate professor of management at the University of Notre Dame.

“The book contains twenty-two essays, seven case studies, and reflections regarding the work of Western companies working through the U.N. Global Compact to shape more peaceful and just societies and alleviate dire poverty.” — Notre Dame Magazine Online

“The contributors include representatives from academic institutions, corporations as well as the public sector. Parham (in Chapter 11) presents case studies to illustrate the role of partnerships between governments, the private sector and the civil society in achieving [Millennium Development Goals]. . . This book’s main contribution is in bringing to the reader a diverse range of perspectives on sustainable development.” — Journal for Peace and Justice Studies

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Moral Imagination

How Literature and Films Can Stimulate Ethical Reflection in the Business World


Edited by Oliver F. Williams, C.S.C.

P00638

Global Codes of Conduct

An Idea Whose Time Has Come


Edited by Oliver F. Williams, C.S.C.

P00872

Business, Religion, and Spirituality

A New Synthesis


Edited by Oliver F. Williams, C.S.C.

P01321

Values-Based Multinational Management

Achieving Enterprise Sustainability through a Human Rights Strategy

Lee A. Tavis and Timothy M. Tavis

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Peace through Commerce

Responsible Corporate Citizenship and the Ideals of the United Nations Global Compact


Edited by Oliver F. Williams, C.S.C.

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Business, Religion, and Spirituality

A New Synthesis


Edited by Oliver F. Williams, C.S.C.

Sustainable Development

The UN Millennium Development Goals, the UN Global Compact, and the Common Good


Edited by Oliver F. Williams, C.S.C.

 Sustainable Development: The UN Millennium Development Goals, the UN Global Compact, and the Common Good
Paper Edition

For business to flourish, society must flourish. In today’s global economy, business serves the common good not only by producing goods and services but also by reaching out to the many who are not even in the market because they lack marketable skills and the resources to acquire them. Sustainable Development: The UN Millennium Development Goals, the UN Global Compact, and the Common Good contains twenty-two essays that document the work of Western companies, working through the UN Global Compact and its Principles of Responsible Investment and the Principles for Responsible Management Education, to shape more peaceful and just societies. Seven case studies by leading businesses and private-public partnerships—including Microsoft, Merck, Sumitomo Chemical, Nestlé, Coca-Cola, Novartis, and Levi Strauss—outline their projects, especially those advancing the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) designed to alleviate dire poverty. Twelve chapters reflect on some of the conceptual issues involved with the MDGs, and the three concluding essays examine the future of the UN Global Compact, of the Millennium Development Goals, and of the role of business enterprise in society.

Contributors: Bishop Kevin Dowling, C.Ss.R., Oliver F. Williams, C.S.C., Daniel Bross, Themba L. Moeti, Innocent Chingombe, Godfrey Musuka, Scott Mitchell, John Bee, Holly Hermes, York Lunau, Kirk O. Hanson, Georges Enderle, Douglass Cassel, Daniel Malan, Philip Parham, Hal Culbertson, James S. O’Rourke, IV, Deborah Rigling Gallagher, Mark R. Kennedy, Ante Glavas, Thomas J. Harvey, Gerald F. Cavanagh, S.J., Eric Hespenheide, Arvid C. Johnson, and Sandra Waddock.

“The United Nations Global Compact is a major initiative in the worldwide effort to ensure the fair distribution of the enormous wealth generated by the globalization of corporate capitalism, an initiative of interest to all nations, corporations public and private, and the present and future citizens of the world. This volume comprises original contributions from the foremost scholars in the field. These papers are the state of the art in the scholarly examination of the international efforts on the part of private enterprise to assist in economic development and forging peace.” — Lisa H. Newton, Fairfield University

“This book offers critical insight into the role businesses must play in cooperation with governments, the United Nations, and civil society to develop more sustainable and healthy societies. _Sustainable Development_ eloquently captures the unmistakable correlation between the private sector and the common good: where equality, human rights and ethics thrive, so too does business.” — Georg Kell, Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact

“Against a sombre picture of global challenges painted by Bishop Kevin Dowling, Fr. Oliver Williams has assembled an outstanding collection of contributions demonstrating how six diverse multinationals have addressed these challenges both in their core businesses, through their supply chains, and where they have voluntarily taken on projects to advance human rights in the wider society. Papers from academia and civil society then frankly analyse what such corporate efforts really mean in terms of delivering benefits to both shareholders and society, as well as discussing criticisms.” — Mark Moody-Stuart, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Hermes Equity Ownership Services and the United Nations Global Compact Foundation

ISBN: 978-0-268-04429-9

440 pages

“The book contains twenty-two essays, seven case studies, and reflections regarding the work of Western companies working through the U.N. Global Compact to shape more peaceful and just societies and alleviate dire poverty.” — Notre Dame Magazine Online

“The contributors include representatives from academic institutions, corporations as well as the public sector. Parham (in Chapter 11) presents case studies to illustrate the role of partnerships between governments, the private sector and the civil society in achieving [Millennium Development Goals]. . . This book’s main contribution is in bringing to the reader a diverse range of perspectives on sustainable development.” — Journal for Peace and Justice Studies

John W. Houck Notre Dame Series in Business Ethics