The Center for Business Ethics (CBE) at Bentley University is one of the world's leading research and educational institutes in the field of business ethics. It is also among the oldest, having been established in 1976, when the field was in its infancy.
CBE is guided by its mission to promote integrity and trust in business by encouraging the establishment of ethical cultures in businesses everywhere. The center staff pursues this through the application of expertise, research, education, and a collaborative approach to the dissemination of best practices.
For over three decades, CBE has demonstrated unsurpassed leadership in advancing knowledge, stimulating public discourse, and fostering an appreciation for the importance of business ethics among a global network of executives, ethics and compliance professionals, academics, researchers, and students of business.
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The Center for Business Ethics is delighted to announce that Georg Kell, the Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact will be the 20th Raytheon Lectureship in Business Ethics. The title of Kell's talk is, “Architects of a Better World -The contribution of the UN Global Compact to the United Nations.”
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 at 3:30 p.m.
Georg Kell is the Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, the world's largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative with 7,000 corporate participants in 135 countries. A key architect of the Global Compact, he has led the initiative since its founding in 2000, establishing the most widely recognized multi-stakeholder network and action platform to advance responsible business practices. Mr. Kell also oversaw the conception and launch of the Global Compact's sister initiatives on investment and business education, the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).
Mr. Kell started his career as a research fellow in engineering at the renowned Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology and Innovation in Berlin. He then worked as a financial analyst in various countries in Africa and Asia. He joined the United Nations in 1987, and has been at the leading edge of the organization's private-sector engagement ever since. A native of Germany, Mr. Kell holds advanced degrees in economics and engineering from the Technical University Berlin.
Presented by the Center for Business Ethics at Bentley University with the generous support of the Raytheon Company.
The Center is a partner in the Bentley Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility.
The Center for Business Ethics is pleased to announce that it is launching a new feature to our website: “Corporate Codes of Conduct.” As this title suggests, this section will serve as a virtual central repository of ethics codes from a broad cross-section of organizational sectors. In curating this collection we have assembled one of the most comprehensive libraries of links to ethics codes available. These codes embody the practical meaning of business ethics as interpreted and implemented by businesses themselves, and as such they should be of great value to all those who are interested in developing an understanding of the field of business ethics as a living practice.
To view this site, please click here.
If you would like us to add your code of conduct, please send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
"The Morality of External Whistleblowing: A Commentary on Richard T. De George," co-authored, Journal of Business Ethics, (forthcoming 2013, in a special issue in honor of Richard De George).
“Risk,” co-authored, Encyclopedia of Management, 2nd edition, (forthcoming 2013).
“An Ethical Approach to Crisis Management,” co-authored, IESE Insight, Issue 15, (4th quarter, 2012).
"Transforming Faith in Corporate Capitalism through Business Ethics," Journal of Management, Religion, and Spirituality, co-authored, by W. Michael Hoffman and Robert E. McNulty, Vol. 9, No. 3 (September 2012).
Click here to view an exclusive talk with W. Michael Hoffman and Robert E. McNulty discussing their article "Transforming Faith in Corporate Capitalism through Business Ethics".
"The Corporate Ethics Officer Reduc: Strengthening Organizational Governance," co-authored, Diary of Alpha Kappa Psi, (Spring 2012).
Managing Ethics in Organizations
In June 10 to 14, 2013, CBE will hold its annual Managing Ethics in Organizations (MEO) course with an exceptionally distinguished cohort of faculty members. Since 1995, MEO has come to be seen as the gold standard in ethics practitioner education. This event is co-sponsored by CBE and the Ethics & Compliance Officer Association. For more information on this event, please click here. And, for information on the Certificate in Business Ethics, click here.
State Street Global Business Ethics Symposium
The State Street Global Business Ethics Symposium will be held on May 20, 2013. The theme for this year's Symposium is, "Responsibility & Accountability in Managing Organizational Integrity".
For more information on the State Street Symposium, please click here.
The State Street Global Business Ethics Teaching Workshop
The State Street Global Business Ethics Teaching Workshop, which immediately followes the Global Business Ethics Symposium will be held from May 21 to 24, 2013. This program has been in existence since 1988 with the purpose of helping faculty members from all fields to better integrate ethical reflection into every aspect of the business education curriculum. In 2004, the Business Ethics Teaching Workshop went global. Through the generous support of the State Street Foundation, visiting scholars from other colleges and universities around the world have joined Bentley faculty in this exciting endeavor. For more information, please click here.
Raytheon Lectureship in Business Ethics
On April 2, 2013, Roger Ferguson, president and CEO of TIAA-CREF, delivered the Raytheon Lecture in Business Ethics entitled, “Business Ethics and the Financial Services Sector: The Way Forward.”
In his talk Dr. Ferguson discussed why ethics is essential for the restoration of the financial sector following the financial crisis the exploded in 2008 as well as the significant demographic changes that are transforming the United States. To illustrate his points, Ferguson, who also served as the vice chairman of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System, drew on lessons from the nearly century-old firm he heads, TIAA-CREF, as exemplifying how it is possible for financial services companies to operate in an ethical manner while remaining profitable during good times and bad.
For more information on Raytheon Lectures, please click here.
Verizon Visiting Professorship in Business Ethics
On February 4, 2013, the Verizon Visiting Professor was Dr. Kenneth E. Goodpaster, the Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics in the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas. He spoke on "Tenacity: The American Pursuit of Corporate Responsibility." For more information on the Verizon Professorships, please click here.
Visiting Scholars 2013
Visiting Scholars 2012
CBE continues to build on its reputation as an international center in business ethics research. Here is a list of visiting scholars for 2012 that did their business ethics research in the CBE libraries.
For a complete list of past and present visiting scholars, please click here.
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