Business Ethics Debates

GoodCorporation launched the Business Ethics Debate Series in 2002, inviting business leaders, industry experts, politicians and academics to debate relevant, topical and often challenging aspects of business ethics at prestigious venues such as the House of Lords, the House of Commons and the Club France-Amériques in Paris. Our aim is to provide a forum where best practice can be shared among industry figures and leading opinion formers in order to raise the profile of business ethics standards and corporate responsibility. Over the years, we have examined issues such as ethics versus compliance, mis-selling, treating customers fairly and, in some detail, bribery & corruption. We have also debated the ethical dilemmas faced in challenging sectors such as gaming, extractives, defence, construction, and food & drink. Attendance is by invitation only and the debates are all held under the Chatham House Rule to enable a more frank and honest exchange of views.

Will the Modern Slavery Act (MSA) help reduce modern slavery and how can companies be really effective in reducing their risks in their supply chain?

In leading GoodCorporation’s modern slavery debate James Ewins QC was asked to interrogate the impact of the statute and consider the effectiveness of companies in reducing slavery risks in the supply chain. Under the MSA the criminal provisions have been consolidated with increased sentencing powers, protection for victims and reparation orders against those convicted of…

Corruption, DPAs and the prosecution landscape

Introducing GoodCorporation’s anti-corruption debate, Lord Gold began by affirming that the primary role of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is to investigate and prosecute. While the Conservative Party manifesto proposes absorbing the SFO into the National Crime Agency, there is unlikely to be any deviation from that primary purpose.  Deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) are also…

How can companies overcome the compliance challenges of the GDPR?

Richard Brearley, head of compliance (EMEA) at Macquarie led our debate on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into force in May 2018.  The introduction began with an interrogation of the likely impact of the GDPR; is it a significant game changer or does it represent incremental change under a tougher enforcement regime?…

What are the adequate procedures required for safeguarding and why do organisations find this such a challenge?

Sir Roger Singleton, former chief executive of Barnardo’s and a leading adviser to the Government on safeguarding children introduced the topic of the first GoodCorporation Business Ethics Debate of 2017. He began with a summary of the five key factors that are central to a better understanding of safeguarding. Despite the focus on Stranger Danger,…

Do we really know what adequate procedures look like and will they actually prevent bribery?

Dan Silver, Global Functions and Compliance Officer for Shell, but speaking in a personal capacity, began our final Business Ethics Debate of 2016 by posing the question, are ethics and compliance a force for good or simply an insurance policy? The insurance policy approach involves a lot of investment in ethics and compliance programmes to…