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.

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…

Are Dutch companies doing enough to combat corruption?

With its fifth position in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index, a measure of the perceived levels of corruption in a country’s public sector, the Netherlands is considered to be one of the least corrupt countries in the world. In recent years however, Dutch businesses such as Vimpelcom, Ballast Nedam, KPMG Netherlands and SBM Offshore, have…

If ethical culture is so important, why is measuring it such a challenge?

Businesses have long focussed on financial analysis as a means of measuring success and demonstrating value to shareholders. While this undoubtedly provides useful information it is not necessarily the best or only indicator of long-term corporate sustainability. Harder to measure, but fundamental to any organisation’s longevity is the manner in which a company goes about…

Les entreprises françaises font-elles assez pour lutter contre la corruption ?

Notre quatrième déjeuner débat à Paris portait sur les conséquences de la nouvelle législation anti-corruption pour les entreprises françaises. Le projet de loi Sapin II est une réponse aux critiques de l’OCDE adressées à l’Etat français pour son incapacité à réprimer les cas de corruption. Philippe Poels, CEO d’iSope, spécialisé dans la conformité, a fait…

Protecting personal data: how can businesses ensure they have adequate procedures?

The digitisation of our personal information has made that data vulnerable: as HMRC found out in 2007 it is relatively easy to lose the records of 25 million individuals when they are contained on a couple of floppy discs – 25 million paper records are far harder to mislay. As users and processors of this…