About Us

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Mission Statement

By advancing thought leadership, applying scholarly research, and engaging students, the Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership informs, equips, and inspires values-based business leaders who work toward just, resilient, and flourishing communities.

We partner with stakeholders from industry, academia, and communities to support the Mendoza College mission to Grow the Good in Business.

NDDCEL Overview

Ethical leadership is the bedrock on which enduring, successful organizations are built. With integrity at the helm, committed employees, a culture that supports your values, and the public’s trust, you’re better off. Your company is strong internally, and that’s not only good for you—it’s good for your industry, your community, and the global market.

Yet every discussion of ethics seems to start with a litany of problems—from judgment lapses to outright fraud, the focus is on wrongdoing. And then we hear about the thing that’s going to prevent all of it from happening again: ethics. It’s an education in avoidance.

At the Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership, we’re about pursuit. We believe that ethics can drive the world forward and improve it, not just provide a safety net to catch us when we fail. We aim to understand how ethical behavior is generated in work contexts, and then to disseminate that understanding to business leaders.

The NDDCEL will:

  • Promote thought leadership from business and innovative scholarly research to foster ethical leadership in practice.
  • Engage students and early career professionals toward ethical leadership at work.
  • Convene partners from academia, the business community, and other stakeholders toward growing the good in business.

We deal in ideas—not just about business or management or how to train employees, but also about the human mind, behavioral science, culture, interpersonal exchange, and personality theory. We explore how people work, how their individual traits and ideas and actions make larger organizations work, and how leaders can affect culture and inspire their followers.

How can we help you?

We search for and synthesize content from the academic and business worlds into “dispatches” for your consumption. We show you what we’ve found, tell you why we think it matters, and give you ideas on how to use the information. We provide forward-looking, pragmatic, and provocative content to assist you in bettering your organizations and, ultimately, in making business a force for good.


Our Center arose from a partnership between the University of Notre Dame and the professional services firm Deloitte. Having identified a shared value of personal integrity in today’s business world, we developed the NDDCEL as a forum by which to advance the understanding and implementation of ethical leadership practices in the corporate sphere.

Our Center is led by the Rex and Alice A. Martin Faculty Director and reflects the Martin Family commitment to ethics in business.

Our NDDCEL community of faculty, business people, students, alumni, and other stakeholders is critical to our impact.


2018 PRME SIP Report

The Mendoza College of Business is a United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Signatory Institution