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 will the ICO police the GDPR in practice and how can companies demonstrate adequate procedures to avoid sanctions?

Against a backdrop of data protection headlines, Jonathan Bamford, Head of Parliament and Government Affairs for the ICO opened GoodCorporation’s debate on GDPR enforcement by focussing on trust.  According to research by the ICO, in the UK, only 1 in 5 consumers trusts organisations with their personal data, despite data protection legislation being in force…

The future of anti-corruption prosecution

David Green, Director of the SFO opened our first business ethics debate of 2018 by stating that anti-corruption is now firmly on the corporate, national and international agendas and will stay there. He then went on the question, how did this come about? The decision by the UN General Assembly in 2003 to adopt the…

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…