Ethics expert: Sustainable businesses do the right thing

January 10, 2014

Mesa, Arizona ~ The world has recently seen several multimillion dollar and sometimes billion dollar financial settlements with governments due to alleged illegal business practice violations.

Corporate greed and unethical business behavior is not a norm for most companies and global business expert Bill O'Rourke aims to explain why the best businesses go beyond ethical standards compliance at a talk at Benedictine University at Mesa at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 23 at Gillett Hall, 225 E. Main St. in downtown Mesa.

O’Rourke is executive director of the Beard Institute, a center based at the Palumbo Donahue School of Business at Duquesne University that focuses on the importance of business ethics, responsible financial management and sustainability in the global marketplace.

In his talk titled “Ethics in the Real World,” O’Rourke will discuss how ethical practices are required in all levels of business and life.

Prior to joining the Beard Institute, O'Rourke spent 36 years at Alcoa, the world’s third largest producer of aluminum, where he held positions including patent attorney; vice president of sustainability and environment, health and safety; and vice president of global business services and chief information officer.

He also served as president of Alcoa Russia, where he was responsible for the substantial manufacturing assets Alcoa acquired in Samara and Belaya Kalitva in the Russian Federation and worked to bring the facilities up to Alcoa's world-class standards while overseeing a more than $500 million investment.

O'Rourke’s presentation is open to public. For more information on Benedictine University – the fastest growing university in the country – or to RSVP, contact (602) 888-5500 or jawilson@ben.edu by January 16. Seating is limited.

Benedictine University – the fastest growing university in the country – provides a private, values-based education grounded in history, heritage and Catholic tradition. The Mesa branch campus provides students a problem-based learning approach which greater prepares students for entering the workforce. Education and technology blog edcetera named Benedictine University at Mesa among 10 universities in the nation on the cutting edge of tech for 2013Current degree offerings include a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Arts in Theology, Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Organizational Behavior, in addition to a minor in Religious Studies.

For more information about Benedictine’s faculty, majors and future events, please visit www.ben.edu/mesa or the Gregory Enrollment Center at 51 E. Main St., Suite 105 in downtown Mesa, or contact us at (602) 888-5533 or mesa@ben.edu.

The University is accepting applications for spring and fall 2014 enrollment. Spring classes begin January 21.

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Benedictine University at Mesa is a branch campus of Benedictine University, an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine is ranked No. 1 among the country’s fastest-growing campuses between 2000-2010 in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of private nonprofit research institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among “America’s Top Colleges” for the third consecutive year in 2013. Education and technology blog edcetera named Benedictine University at Mesa among 10 universities in the nation on the cutting edge of tech for 2013.

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