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null Globethics.net Newsletter No 8/2011

October 2011

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Global Ethics Forum project - join workgroups

Globethics.net is pleased to announce the launch of 12 new online workgroups to take forward the projects identified by participants at the Global Ethics Forum annual conference 2011. The Global Ethics Forum conference took place in Geneva, Switzerland from 30 June to 1 July on the theme of The Value of Values in Business: Global Perspectives, Practical Solutions.

Experts who are available to make a substantial contribution to the workgroup/s related to their field of expertise are invited to apply to join the workgroup/s that they are interested in. Please follow the link here to find and apply to join one or more of the following workgroup/s. Note that you need to be logged in to be able to see the join option.

1    Multicultural Staff Recruitment: Guidelines

2    Business Opportunities: Ethical Guidelines
3    Responsabilité Sociale des Entreprises (RSE) en Afrique Francophone

4    Business Ethics in Conflicting Legal and Ethical Systems

5    New Ethical Paradigm for Business Education
6    Ethical Stones: Certification of Precious Stones
7    A New Global Reference Currency
8    Sustainable Finance: Time Horizons from Intercultural and Interreligious Perspectives
9    Transparency in Religious Organizations
10  Media Ethics: Social Media for Peace
11  New National and Regional Business Ethics Networks
12  Directory and Collections on Business Ethics

 

The annual global conferences are and remain the most important part of the Global Ethics Forum project 2011-2013. They take place at the end of June each year in Geneva/Switzerland. The Forum’s annual conference consists of two days of intensive exchanges followed by networking for cooperation between the conferences. The conference is an event with multi-stakeholder participation that is global, open-minded, critical, fair, and solution-oriented. Research and implementation projects are initiated through the Global Ethics Forum project and made available to the participants and specific target groups.

The project workgroups operate mainly by email and online communication. Most of them will meet once, or twice at the most, for a two-day workshop for intensive discussion with a view to presenting their findings to the annual conferences in 2012 and 2013.

The objectives of the 12 project workgroups are as follows:

1    Multicultural Staff Recruitment: Guidelines
Objectives: 

  • Collect good and bad practices of ethically responsible staff recruitment in private, public, academic and NGO sectors and share experiences,
  • Develop guidelines/checklist for ethical staff recruitment in a multicultural context, especially in international private companies and carry out pilot tests in the first year.
  • Present and improve the results at the GEF Conference 2012.

2    Business Opportunities: Ethical Guidelines
Objectives: 

  • Share dilemmas and experiences.
  • Develop guidelines on business opportunities.
  • Present and improve the guidelines at the GEF Conference 2012.
  • Test and implement the results in companies.

3    Responsabilité Sociale des Entreprises (RSE) en Afrique Francophone

Objectives: 

  • Comparaitre des standards, code et efforts RSE en Afrique francophone (état des lieux).
  • Développer une stratégie avec des recommandations de promotion de RSE en Afrique francophone.
  • Présenter et améliorer les résultats à la conférence GEF 2012.
  • Présenter les résultats et recommandations au Sommet de la Francophonie en RD Congo 2012.

4    Business Ethics in Conflicting Legal and Ethical Systems

Objectives: 

  • Share experiences and collect cases/case studies.
  • Elaborate guidelines and working materials:
  • Present results and improve upon them at the GEF Conference 2012.

5    New Ethical Paradigm for Business Education
Objectives: 

  • Globethics.net/Global Ethics Forum becomes an institutional partner of 50+20.
  • Give ethical inputs to the 50+20 project.
  • Promote the project through the Global Ethics Forum Project and Globethics.net network.
  • Present the report at the GEF Conference 2012 and support the implementation of instruments.
6    Ethical Stones: Certification of Precious Stones
Objectives:
  • Analyze existing initiatives to do with ethical stones.
  • Support the ethical certification of precious stones.
  • Present the efforts at the Global Ethics Forum Conference 2012.

7    A New Global Reference Currency
Objectives: 

  • Evaluate existing and elaborate one or more visionary model/s of a new world currency system on an expert level.
  • Present the model/s at the GEF Conference 2012.
  • Present and discuss the model/s in respective economic, financial and political institutions 2013.

8    Sustainable Finance: Time Horizons from Intercultural and Interreligious Perspectives
Objectives: 

  • Analyse financial standards, regulations (e.g. ESG, SRI) and practices re time horizons on the one hand and philosophical and religious concepts re time horizons on the other.
  • Work on new understanding of sustainable finance in the light of these findings.

9    Transparency in Religious Organizations
Objective:
Increase transparency for reduction of corruption by establishing

  • A model code.
  • An online integrity line for whistleblowing.
  • A collection of documents supporting religious organizations.

10    Media Ethics: Social Media for Peace
Objectives:

  • Research on usage and penetration of selected social media in different regional contexts in a comparative way.
  • Present research results at the Global Ethics Forum annual conference 2012.
  • Second year: promote ethically responsible and peace building social media in selected examples.

11    New National and Regional Business Ethics Networks
Objectives:

  • Exchange experiences and structures of existing business ethics networks with persons/institutions who plan to set up a network in their region.
  • Support of such persons in their strategic and practical planning and networking.
  • Present results at the Global Ethics Forum annual conference 2012.
  • Implement new networks in one to three countries/regions in the second year.

12    Directory and Collections on Business Ethics
Objectives:

Global Ethics Forum 2012 - save the date

The annual Global Ethics Forum conference 2012 will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 28 to 29 June 2012.

News about the theme, programme and registration will be made available during the coming weeks and months. The annual conference is the focus of a number of activities being organised during the Global Ethics Forum project 2011-2013 hosted by the Geneva-based Globethics.net Foundation. These include networking, gathering and exchanging documentation and research projects.

More details about the research projects generated as a follow-up to the 2011 annual conference can be found above and more information about the project as a whole can be found here.

 

 

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