Ethics Month Launched by Institute of Business Ethics

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The IBE will hold 30 Days of Ethics throughout November

The IBE celebrates 30 years of promoting high standards of business behaviour based on ethical values this year.

With the help of IBE corporate subscribers, every day in November we will highlight a different aspect of values-led business practice.

Each day will explore a different ethical value, and what doing business ethically means in practice.

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    IBE subscribers have been invited to ‘adopt’ a day, making contributions ranging from blog post and videos to podcasts. IBE subscribers include some of the world’s biggest brands, as well as professional bodies and small businesses.

    The IBE’s Director, Philippa Foster Back CBE, said: “Business ethics can be seen as academic. Throughout November we will bring alive what it means in reality.

    “This 30 day celebration of business ethics highlights practical ways in which companies bring their ethical values to life. Too often, companies confuse business ethics with corporate social responsibility. Business ethics is about doing things ethically, rather than doing ethical things. Some companies come from controversial sectors, which is why it is all the more important that they examine how they do business.

    “We hope it will be an inspiration to others and generate debate about business and its purpose in society. Our aim is to get the message across that doing business ethically makes for better business.”

    Through their donations, IBE subscribers help to promote ethical business practice. They may also take advantage of events, publications, free advice and other services. Subscribers are encouraged to make a positive contribution to the work of the IBE through the sharing of good practice and their experience of ethical issues.

    Below are details of the companies and organisations which are contributing. Each contribution will be unveiled on the IBE website on their chosen day:

    1st November Integrity – Institute of Business Ethics
    2nd November Transparency – GSK
    3rd November Trust – BAE Systems plc
    4th November Fairness – SSE
    5th November Corporate Governance – ICSA: The Governance Institute
    6th November Passion – ASB NZ
    7th November Pride – Diageo plc
    8th November Openness – Bank of England
    9th November Courage – L’Oréal
    10th November Mutual Benefit – British American Tobacco
    11th November Safety – BP
    12th November Teamwork – Carillion plc
    13th November Doing the Right Thing – Natwest
    14th November Leadership – Marks and Spencer plc
    15th November Human Rights – Total S.A.
    16th November Speak Up – Public Concern at Work (PCaW)
    17th November Care – Serco Group plc
    18th November People – Northrop Grumman Corporation
    19th November Open to Change – De La Rue
    20th November Avoiding Corruption – Transparency International UK and Institute of Business Ethics
    21st November Responsible Business – Lloyds Banking Group
    22nd November Good Decisions – Aviva plc
    23rd November Accountability – Rio Tinto Group
    24th November Being Connected – HSBC Bank plc
    25th November Training – Royal Dutch Shell plc
    26th November Unity – Rise Management Consulting
    27th November Independence – Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC)
    28th November Stewardship – Barclays
    29th November Respect – Centrica plc
    30th November Culture – Institute of Business Ethics