Keynote includes global history of ethics
The Ethics Center was pleased to be a co-sponsor of Managing and Teaching Business Ethics: Global Trends and Challenges held in early June at Ateneo Graduate School of Business, Manila, Philippines. The conference drew 60 faculty from Asia and Africa and featured keynotes by Ethics Center Executive Director Kirk O. Hanson, former Jesuit Superior General Adolfo Nicolas, Ateneo de Manila President Ramon Villarin, and other dignitaries including the chair of the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission and the former head of the Central Bank of the Philippines. The purpose of the conference was to assemble ethics professionals and business leaders to discuss challenges as well as responses and initiatives in teaching and managing ethics in a global world. Hanson, pictured here, presented an overview of the global history of ethics, definitions of ethics, and challenges in global business ethics today.
The three-day conference included a variety of activities, including academic discussions, a "business" day for executives and academics, and company tours and networking. It represented the first in a series of three meetings the Center is co-sponsoring through its Global Jesuit Outreach Initiative, intended to foster crosscultural learning in the Catholic tradition. The second gathering will be held in Zurich in May 2018, co-sponsored by the Swiss Jesuit Province, and the third takes place at Santa Clara University in July 2019, co-sponsored by the Leavey School of Business. Attendees will include business ethics faculty from Jesuit colleges in Europe and Africa, and the United States and South America, respectively.