First Annual “Thomas More Ethics Lecture”
The first annual "Thomas More Ethics Lecture" took place on Monday, March 21 in the Golisano Gateway Midlevel. The keynote speaker was James Nortz, the compliance director at Bausch and Lomb, Inc., and a longtime member of the Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation.
His presentation focused on his work-in-progress, entitled "The Canons of Business Ethics: A Practical Framework for Ethical Decision-Making."
Nortz is a leader in the field of corporate compliance and ethics with extensive experience in developing and implementing compliance and ethics programs for multinational corporations. In his role at Bausch and Lomb, he is responsible for developing, evaluating and supporting all aspects of the company's global compliance and ethics programs.
Prior to joining Bausch & Lomb, Nortz served as Chief Compliance Officer at Kraton Polymers, Vice President of Business Ethics and Compliance for Adecco and Vice President of Business Ethics and Compliance for Crompton Corporation. He also served as a senior advisor to the Ethics Resource Center ("ERC") providing the ERC with assistance in formulating effective strategies for seeking corporate support for programs designed combat governmental corruption around the world and in preparing the question set for the ERC's 2007 National Business Ethics Survey.
He has published numerous professional articles on compliance, ethics and corporate governance issues, and is a monthly business columnist for the Association of Corporate Counsel Docket and the Rochester Business Journal. In addition, he has published articles in Ethikos and the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association Newsletter.
Nortz serves on the board of directors of the Ethics and Compliance Officers Association (ECOA) and is the current chair of ECOA's Healthcare Industry Group roundtable. He founded and chaired a business ethics roundtable in the Westchester, New York/Fairfield, Connecticut area and serves on the steering committee of the Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation. Nortz also participated on the Open Compliance and Ethics Group's (OCEG) steering committee, and assisted in the development of OCEG's first "Red Book" Framework document. Currently, he is a member of the Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation Steering Committee and Chairman of the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association's Healthcare Industry Sector group.
The event was sponsored by The William and Helen Cavanaugh Chair of Catholic Studies, Father William Graf. The Chair of Catholic Studies fosters and promotes an intellectual approach to the study of Roman Catholic thought: its history, philosophy, literature, theological underpinnings, and its contemporary expression.
Saint Thomas More was a Chancellor, writer, lawyer, and active lay person at the time of Henry VIII. He was beheaded on July 6, 1535 because he chose to follow his conscience rather than submit to what he judged the illegal and immoral decisions of the King.
Fr. William Graf, James Nortz, and Dr. Timothy Madigan