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Durham University

Centre for Catholic Studies


Public Lecture on the Reform of Company Law

(15 November 2016)

Industry More Content, Finance Less Proud: A fresh perspective and ethical grounding for the reform of company law

Dr Mark Hayes (St Hilda Reader Emeritus, Centre for Catholic Studies, Durham University)

Monday 21st November, 7pm to 9pm
at CAFOD, Pavilion, Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7JB 

To book a place, please email Jane Lidstone at

This lecture will offer a fresh perspective and ethical grounding for the reform of Company Law. Drawing on Catholic Social Thought, Mark Hayes proposes a natural right of membership in a company through work as part of a community of enterprise. He will translate theological principles into practical proposals for change in the law and practice governing listed companies; such changes are necessary if companies are to move beyond shareholder value to the pursuit of the common good as their corporate purpose.

Dr Mark Hayes is St Hilda Reader Emeritus in Catholic Social Thought and Practice, in the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University. He was formerly a Fellow and Director of Studies in Economics at Robinson College, Cambridge; the principal founder of Shared Interest, the credit co-operative financing Fair Trade; and an investment manager with 3i.