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.

Are ESG Investments changing the shape of corporate behaviour?

Georg Kell, Chairman of Arabesque Partners and the founding Executive Director of the UN Global Compact opened GoodCorporation’s debate on ESG by suggesting that there is now a real alignment between sustainable finance and responsible business practice. After decades of incremental progress around corporate responsibility, it is now clear that business operates very differently. The…

The changing landscape of anti-corruption prosecution

Lisa Osofsky, Director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) opened GoodCorporation’s latest debate on anti-corruption by emphasising a determination to build on the trajectory of robust prosecution already established by a committed team at the SFO. Appropriate cases will continue to be brought forward, reinforcing the goal of fostering a climate that is inhospitable to…

Bullying and harassment in the workplace

Why are bullying and harassment still issues in the workplace and what can companies do about it? Despite legislation, policies and codes of conduct designed to instil the right behaviours, both bullying and harassment are still commonplace at work. Rachael Crasnow QC opened GoodCorporation’s debate on bullying and harassment in the workplace with the quote…

How French companies are dealing with France’s anti-bribery law: what are the challenges in practice?

Our seventh business ethics debate in Paris focused on the challenges French companies are facing to comply with the French anti-bribery law, Sapin II. The law represents a radical change in the country’s fight against corruption and is regarded in Europe and internationally as one of the most significant pieces of anti-bribery legislation. Unsurprisingly then,…

How can corporate culture be measured?

With poor corporate culture perceived to be a business risk in itself, what should companies be doing to mitigate that risk and ensure they have the right culture in place? GoodCorporation asked L’Oreal’s Senior Vice President & Chief Ethics Officer, Emmanuel Lulin to explore the value, strategic importance and practicalities of measuring corporate culture at a…