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.

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…

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…