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The Good Company: Papers

The Good Company: Papers

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Sixth International Symposium on
Catholic Social Thought and Management Education

Sesto Convegno Internazionale su Pensiero Sociale cristiano e formazione manageriale

The Good Company 
Catholic Social Thought and
Corporate Social Responsibility in Dialogue

Dialogo tra Pensiero Sociale Cristiano e responsabilità sociale d’impresa”


Pontificia Università San Tommaso (Angelicum)

Roma, Italia

October 5-7, 2006    


Helen Alford, O.P., Conference Co-Chair, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Pontifical University of St Thomas (Angelicum), Italy

Renato Cardinal Martino, President of the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace and of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, Vatican City

Opening Plenary

Setting up the dialogue between CST and CSR

Stefano Zamagni, Professor of Economics, University of Bologna, Italy

Bruno S. Frey, Professor of Economics, University of Zurich, Switzerland


Small Business and CST-CSR

Comparing/Contrasting CST & CSR

            Law, Governance and the Purpose of the Firm

            Justice, Wages and Outsourcing

            Theological Perspectives


Pluralism, Natural Law and Convergence of CST and CSR

            CST, CSR and Poverty

Economic Democracy 

Ethical Leadership

Catholic Institutions: Healthcare and Universities



The Common Good

Robert Sugden, Professor of Economics, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom


 The Common Good in Society as a Whole

The Common Good in CST and CSR


      CST/CSR Pedagogy


Plenary Session

Practical Implications of Catholic Social Thought

José Ignacio Mariscal, CEO Grupo Marnhos (Mexico-DF), President Elect of UNIAPAC

Respondents: Lorna Gold, Policy Analyst, Trocaire; Economy of Communion

Franco Gesualdi, Centre for a New Model of Development


Cases of Good and Not So Good Companies


Environment, CST and CSR


Finance, Ethics and Investing


Big Business, Human Dignity and Social Capital

  • Lee Tavis, Determining Standards for the Implementation of CSR/CST
  • Paul Dembinski and Patrick de Varax, The Good Company: Does Size Matter? 
  • Maarten Biermans, The Dignity of the Good Company: A Comparison of the Usages of the Concept of “Human Dignity”
  • Yuliya Shcherbinina, Social Capital: Good Company’s Perspective



Stakeholder Theory         

Sr. Helen Alford, O.P.  Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Pontifical University of  St Thomas (Angelicum), Italy


 Work in CST and CSR

Personalism and Stakeholder Theory

Philosophical Perspectives on CST and CSR

  • Kenneth Melchin and Darlene O’Leary, Profit and the Good Company: Lonergan’s Ethical Foundations and Economic Analysis in Dialogue with Catholic Social Thought and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Jim Wishloff, The Land of Realism and the Shipwreck of Idea-ism: Thomas Aquinas and Milton Friedman on the Good Company and the Social Responsibilities of Business 
  • David W. Lutz, Rival Philosophical Foundations of the Good Company
  • Mi-Yong Lee-Peuker, Multi-Dimensional Rationality and Action Theory

Relationality in the Economy

                                                Assessing and Measuring the Good Company

Closing Mass Homily by Reverend Albino Barrera, O.P.