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.

Preventing tax evasion – why companies need to do more

Lord Bilimoria, host of our summer 2019 ethics debate, introduced the discussion by affirming the significant, but often overlooked, contribution that businesses make to society – providing jobs which generate taxes, which in turn allow our modern society to function for the greater good. He spoke from his own experience of the pressure corporates often…

Prévenir les risques de corruption : pourquoi l’approche de conformité n’est-elle pas suffisante?

Deux années après l’entrée en vigueur de la loi Sapin II renforçant les obligations réglementaires à l’encontre des entreprises dans le domaine de la lutte contre la corruption, il nous a semblé important d’interroger les praticiens de l’éthique et de la conformité en entreprise sur l’efficacité d’une approche de conformité comme seule méthode de prévention…

Debate summary: Can companies really measure and report on culture?

With the revised Corporate Governance Code imposing new requirements on boards to assess the culture of their company, and report on it from this year, GoodCorporation’s May 2019 House of Lords lunch debate asked whether this could really be done? The UK Corporate Governance Code was updated in 2018 to take account of the recent…

The impact of GDPR and the key challenges for organisations operating in the international arena

  GoodCorporation’s data protection debate was opened by Amanda Williams, Director of Strategic Policy (Parliamentary and Government Affairs) at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Amanda reviewed the steps taken by the ICO in preparing for GDPR, the experience to date since implementation and shared thoughts for the future. Preparation In the run-up to GDPR, the…

How will the anti-corruption prosecution landscape develop in 2019?

Christine Braampskamp, partner at Jenner & Block opened our debate on the evolving anti-corruption prosecution landscape with an assessment of the current position of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO). The SFO has around 60 live cases under investigation and before the courts at any given time. With Lisa Osofsky at the helm, several themes are…