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Mendoza College dean speaking at UN Global Forum

by Carol Elliott

June 14, 2012

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Two administrators from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame are participating in the United Nations’ Third Annual Global Forum for Responsible Management Education, held June 14-15 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Roger Huang, interim dean and Kenneth R. Meyer Professor of Global Investment Management, is serving as a speaker during the conference, which features a slate of renowned business school leaders, institute executives and industry experts. The agenda includes Georg Kell, executive director of the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest voluntary corporate responsibility initiative; Nancy McGaw, deputy director of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program; and Mitch Leventhal, vice chancellor of Global Affairs at the State University of New York (SUNY).

The Rev. Oliver Williams, C.S.C, director of the Center for Ethics and Religious Values and associate management professor at the Mendoza College, serves as a member of the board of directors of the UN Global Compact Foundation. Williams will chair a session on "Building a New Ecosystem for a Sustainable Economy," among other responsibilities.

The annual Global Forum event is intended to provide business school leaders and others addressing issues of corporate social responsibility the opportunity to discuss current issues and initiatives. More than 400 deans from schools worldwide are expected to attend. The forum is part of Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME), a UN Global Compact initiative launched in 2007 aimed at shifting the vision of business school education. PRME lays out six principles that altogether call for a re-definition of business enterprise as a force for good in society, a broader and more inclusive vision than the historical focus on wealth-creation.

The Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame was among the first of the now-451 international business schools to sign the initiative. 

The Third Global Forum for Responsible Management Education serves as the platform for two additional meetings – the Global Compact Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development - Rio+20. The “+20” refers to the 20th anniversary of the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.