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  • Dr. Ruth Wolf, Interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences

    Dr. Ruth Wolf, Interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences

    Advancing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals Initiative, Bar-Ilan University Expert in Ethics and Leadership to Address International Gathering on Responsible Management

    Date: 2018-11-06 Hour: 11:01

    Eradication of poverty and hunger. Clean water and sanitation. Gender Equality. Sustainable cities and communities. Quality education. Climate action. These are among the 17 ambitious goals the United Nations has set out to achieve by 2030.  

    Known as Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), these objectives address global challenges faced by humanity, including those related to inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice, and serve as a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.

    Educating future leaders about social responsibility is one of a variety of ways that can advance the implementation of SDG.  Next week an accomplished international group of professionals, among them Dr. Ruth Wolf, of Bar-Ilan University, will convene in Cologne, Germany to further this idea at The 5th Responsible Management Education Research Conference on November 12-13. The conference is being organized by the UN and Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).

    Dr. Wolf, of Bar-Ilan University’s Interdisciplinary Department for Social Sciences, is a leading expert in business ethics and corporate social responsibility who has written three books focusing on these topics: Empowering Organizations through Corporate Social Responsibility, International Business Ethics and Growth Opportunities, and a textbook entitled Ethics is Good for Business. This is the second time she has been invited to address this UN conference and she is the only Israeli scheduled to lecture at the gathering.  

    “The United Nations developed this conference to expand awareness of ethics in academia in general, and schools of business administration in particular,” says Dr. Wolf. “Preparing business schools to educate and cultivate future leaders who are ingrained with ethics and social responsibility will enable the UN to take a crucial step towards meeting SDG by 2030.” 

    Dr. Wolf will speak about Leadership and Ethics for Responsible Management and World Progress.  Her presentation will focus on ethics and leadership, and she will emphasize the significance of compassion and mercy as essential ingredients in this combination.

    To exemplify the effective combination of ethics and leadership, Wolf notes that German Chancellor Angela Merkel shut down nuclear power plants in Germany as a result of the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan.  This approach, she says, can be linked to UN super-clean and sustainable goals. 

    Following the conference international leaders including Merkel learn about and often implement some of the suggestions presented. 

    Today there is much emphasis on sustainability, preserving the earth and preventing pollution.  Dr. Wolf has written extensively about pollution and human rights, and is currently writing about the eradication of poverty for a UN-published magazine.  She also presented obstacles that prevent economic development in Africa, a subject she has studied for many years, in an article she co-authored entitled Economic Growth in Africa Through an Ethical Lens.  The article was published in September 2018 in Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studies.