Social Responsibility at UST
Making a Difference in the World of Business
Influenced and inspired by the Catholic intellectual tradition, the Opus College of Business is committed to fostering diversity and inclusion among our students, staff, faculty, stakeholders and communities. Our goal is to develop morally responsible leaders who understand the importance of inviting and honoring input from and engagement by all traditions and viewpoints.
This commitment encompasses business ethics, diversity in the workplace and sustainability which can be seen in our curriculum, our centers and institutes, our programs and our public events.
Now in its 26th year, the forum is the largest diversity and inclusion conference in the country. The forum provides practical, ready-to-use tools for people who believe that advancing diversity and inclusion is not just a moral imperative but a competitive advantage in today’s global economy. People come to the forum for more than information on diversity and inclusion – they come for the unique, expertly curated presentation of the field’s most passionate thought leaders, fresh perspectives and innovative ideas.
The Diversity Insights Series is presented by the Opus College of Business in partnership with the Forum on Workplace Inclusion™. Offered quarterly, the series features individual speakers or panels focused on current and emerging issues on workplace diversity and inclusion topics.
The Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC) assists leaders in creating ethical and profitable business cultures at the enterprise, community and global levels. The CEBC and the University of St. Thomas have been affiliated since 1988. Through this core relationship, the center integrates the practical concerns and challenges of business and the research and educational talents of its academic partner.
Learn more about the CEBC.
The institute fosters ethically and socially responsible organizational conduct by promoting, applying, adapting and continually improving the Self-Assessment and Improvement Process (SAIP).
Through its engagements with practitioners and collaborations with scholars, the institute also aids the formation of ethical, effective leaders.
Learn more about the Veritas Institute and the SAIP.
The Opus College of Business has one of the largest business ethics faculty in the world. The integration of business ethics is centered around the belief that responsibility for one's actions and respect for the dignity of others are fundamental to success in business.
Our emphasis is on the importance of dialogue for developing mature moral judgment both personally and in group decision making. This maturity includes the exercise of certain virtues in the workplace, such as honesty, fairness, empathy, promise-keeping, prudence, courage and concern for the common good. It also includes interaction between the both "head" and "heart" and the need for congruence between judgment and action. We believe such moral development is a lifelong process.
Our goal in the Opus College of Business is to encourage this development in the context of sound policies and practices. We affirm the legitimacy and centrality of moral values in economic decision making because without them, business relationships and strong communities are impossible.
Learn more about our business ethics faculty and curriculum.
Launched at the 2007 UN Global Compact Leaders Summit in Geneva, the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative is the first organised relationship between the United Nations and business schools, with the PRME Secretariat housed in the UN Global Compact Office. The Opus College of Business became a signatory in 2014.
The mission of PRME is to inspire and champion responsible management education, research and thought leadership globally.
The Six Principles of PRME are inspired by internationally accepted values and provide an engagement structure for academic institutions to advance social responsibility through incorporating universal values into curricula and research. They seek to establish a process of continuous improvement among institutions of management education in order to develop a new generation of business leaders capable of managing the complex challenges faced by business and society in the 21st century.
L2L is a professional networking and leadership development initiative designed for college students and recent college graduates from underrepresented communities who have demonstrated leadership ability and expressed an interest in continuing their education at the graduate level.
Great Thinkers who Shaped Western Civilization
Coordinated by Dr. Jeanne Buckeye and T. Dean Maines, the Great Books Seminar is a unique graduate-level elective course based on the world-renowned Aspen Institute Executive Seminar. Students and alumni of any St. Thomas graduate program are welcomed. The readings revolve around such universal human concerns as justice, rights, liberty, equality, power, leadership, democracy and community. Moderators lead conversations on the enduring ideas and ideals of world civilization, the problems and opportunities facing society today and critical issues to be encountered in the years ahead.