Ask More of Business

a catholic business school

At Notre Dame, we are guided and challenged by moral imperatives of our faith. These universal principles are embraced and enlivened by our students and faculty who come from many different faith traditions.
Expect to think creatively, broadly and deeply about how business should operate more responsibly in an increasingly complex and integrated world – and what role you will take.

Principles of Catholic Social Teaching are rooted in the Gospels, in writing that addressed injustices during the Industrial Revolution, and in continuing Church documents on economic justice. They include:

Human dignity — Business leaders must recognize that every person has inherent value and dignity, independent of his or her race, gender, age or economic status. People should never be treated as merely a means to an economic end.

Stewardship — Business leaders must recognize that they are temporary stewards of resources and should seek long-term economic value. They must also be accountable to future generations for how their actions impact the environment — water, oil and other national resources.

Worker dignity — Because work is viewed as fundamental to God’s plan for the human community, leaders must acknowledge that workers hold certain rights and view them as partners in the economic enterprise.

Preferential option for the poor and vulnerable — To promote the common good, business leaders should show special concern for how their actions will improve—or disadvantage—the poor and socially vulnerable persons within their organization’s sphere of influence.