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.

How can speak-up systems be truly effective in complex global organisations?

Building a truly effective speak-up system in a global organisation is extremely challenging. While a single reporting system may be desirable, how can such a system be devised and implemented when attitudes towards speaking out or whistleblowing vary dramatically from country to country? For large global organisations, this presents a real problem.   Any form of…

How will the Criminal Finances Act change the corporate legal landscape and what compliance challenges does it bring?

The debate began with an overview of the significant new powers and changes brought about by the Criminal Finances Act: Ability to seek multiple extensions to the SAR moratorium period for up to an additional six months. Introduction of information orders, compelling the provision of information relating to any issue raised by a domestic or…

Les entreprises françaises éprouvent-elles des difficultés à répondre aux obligations de la Loi Sapin II ? Quelles en sont les implications ?

Notre cinquième déjeuner–débat à Paris portait sur les difficultés des entreprises en France à se conformer à la nouvelle loi Sapin II relative à la lutte contre la corruption et au trafic d’influence.   La loi Sapin II représente un développement important dans la lutte contre la corruption en France et à l’étranger. Elle aide à améliorer l’image de la France et oblige les entreprises concernées à construire ou à renforcer leur programme de conformité. La prévention et la détection de la corruption deviennent…

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…