The Globethics.net Leadership Centre (GLC) works with individuals, entreprises and organisations across sectors. GLC's current focus is on Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) in China and Africa:
- VEC Values-based Enterprise Certificate - Business Leadership [China]
- SME Values-based Sustainability Trainings - SME Leadership [Global]
- SEEDS Youth Empowerment - Entrepreneurial Leadership [Africa]
- GEF Global Ethics Forum & Workgroups - Multistakeholder Leadership [Global]
- FIER Election Integrity Trainings - Political Leadership [DR Congo]
- African Christian Asset Programme - Religious Leadership [Nairobi, Kenya]
VEC Values-based Enterprise Certificate - Business Leadership - [China]
The VEC Values-based Enterprise Certificate Programme was launched in April 2014 by the Globethics.net, Switzerland in partnership with Kingdom Business College (KBC), China.
VEC brings the globally accepted sustainability concepts and key CSR standards on a common platform of ethical and leadership values and transforms them into concrete individual and business actions with the goal to:
- Achieve improved efficiency, environmental/social innovation and value creation, competitiveness and sustainability in the VEC companies;
- Generate philanthropically, social and environmental activities for transformation toward sustainable society, economy and planet led by VEC entrepreneurs in their companies, families and communities;
- Give incentives for ethical and sustainable business development;
- Contribute to fair and improved business and society.
The current VEC-China programme responds to the growing demand in China for ethical certification as an incentive for development of competitive, sustainable, ethically strong and economically successful SME and corporate sector. VEC-China guides the business leaders in China on how to apply business ethics, Christian faith and values as a platform fordevelopment and implementation of successful CSR and sustainability business strategy. It offers a life-long, action-oriented learning for entrepreneurs, business owners and managers through:
- Training, coaching, peer-monitoring and networking available at the VEC Lab;
- credible rating and certification provided by the VEC Certification Platform.
Based on the experience and success of the VEC-China Programme, VEC has the potential further to be extended to other countries and enterprises without a Christian background.
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1. VEC Trainingand Action Programme
a. Values and Sustainability Training Modules
b. Peer-mentoring, coaching and technical assistance
c. Reporting on performance and peer-monitoring
2. VEC Networking and collaborative action
3. VEC Library
VEC Certification Platform
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Since 2014, the Globethics' Leadership Centre offers Values-based Sustainability Trainings for SMEs. Given the prevalent role SMEs play in the local domestic market and the world economy, they represent a huge potential for change to achieve sustainable development goals.
Being locally embedded and due to their local roots, our SMEs Values-based Sustainability Training is tailored to respond to specific context and to address local issues based on best practices. Yet, compared to global supply chains of multinationals, a great percentage of local SMEs do not have access or opportunities to integrate ethics and sustainability into their strategy and management.
Our Values-based Sustainability Training for SMEs was developed as a solution to these challenges. Through a two-day practice-intense training, SMEs are guided as to how to define and institutionalize leader's and company values, as well as how to develop, implement and manage values-driven sustainability priorities and strategies.
The benefits SMEs will gain from our Values-based Sustainability Training are multiple as they will be able to align company and employees through common values, secure employee's commitment to the company growth, increase work effectiveness (with less formal controls), reduce risks and attract better investor relations. By adopting our new company's approaches, SME will create a new working place, position themselves better in the market place and improve their relationship with key stakeholders. By rethinking their organisation, SME will become potential providers of governments and to the global supply chains. In a nutshell, this training makes SMEs ready for long-term success.
Our SMEs Values-based Sustainability training is targeted at SME's Owners/Managers and aims at a global reach.
With a vision "to make youth's entrepreneurial dreams come true", SEEDS initial pilot project focus is for the Republic of Benin. Here, with the support of the Globethics Leadership Centre we shall apply high ethical manner in the construction of business ventures that respect our criteria, values and vision and empower our members to "bloom where they are planted", creating common wealth and health in the pursuit of happiness.
We at SEEDS select projects that are consistent with our criteria, namely: Creation of value-added jobs, caring for the environment, upholding high ethical values and rofitable, thus sustainable. As "Seeds of Change" our Value Proposition builds Peace, Respect and Solidarity as enshrined in the statutes of our cooperative with 7 guiding principles:
1. Voluntary and Open Membership
2. Democratic Member Control
3. Members Economic Participation
4. Autonomy and Independence
5. Education, Training and Information
6. Cooperation among Cooperatives
7. Caring for the Community
The Global Ethics Forum (GEF) is a project focused on business ethics and sustainability with an annual conference and implementing projects. The Global Ethics Forum is the flagship event of Globethics.net. It connects persons and institutions from the private, public, academic and NGO sectors from all continents in order to improve behaviour and structures in the economic sector. The Global Ethics Forum project is not just an annual event but an ongoing process involving four activities: events, research, exchange and documentation. The goals of the project include providing opportunities for multistakeholder dialogue with a number of partners to provide innovative practical solutions to problems faced by the business community and by the wider community in relation to corporate social responsibility. Read more about GEF...
GEF Workgroups started by addressing topics selected by the participants of the annual GEF conferences in 2011 and 2012. GEF Workgroups are online "communities of practice" where registered Globethics.net participants engage in common work on subjects of interest to the Globethics.net network. Various objectives can be pursued such as conducting research, reviewing literature, sharing views, dicussing issues of interest, preparing a conference, holding online seminars, etc... Visit the GEF Workgroups.
FIER Election Integrity Trainings - Political Leadership [DR Congo]
Responsible leadership is highly relevant in the context of elections: fair and free elections, the role of the candidates, of the electorate, of the parliament for election laws, of the media, of the religious organisations, of the civic education, of the National Governments etc.
The Federation of Protestant Churches in DR Congo (L'Eglise du Christ au Congo) gave the mandate to Globethics.net to support the preparation of elections with a programme of ethics trainings. The programme is called FIER, "Formation Intégrité des Elections Responsables" (in French, FIER means "being proud", to be proud of contributing to faire elections in DR Congo).
So far, FIER trainings have been held in Kinshasa, FIER I from 18-19 November 2014 and FIER II from 23-25 February 2015. For more information, please consult the FIER training materials available on the Globethics.net Forum.
The African Christian Asset Programme in collaboration with All African Council of Churches and Bread for the World on asset management. It is an ongoing project that that encourages the responsible management and development of assets owned by religious institutions and leaders, such as educational centres, health care services and seminaries. The programme will help develop a practical capacity in a climate of strong accountability and transparency.
The first workshop was held in March 2016, from which a comprehensive report from produced. A second event was held in September 2017.