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W. Michael Hoffman Center for Business Ethics


Capping Its 40th Anniversary Celebration, the Center for Business Ethics is Renamed

On July 25, 2016, the Center for Business Ethics began a two-day conference to celebrate the 40th anniversary since the founding of the Center for Business Ethics. That evening, at a gala dinner attended by over 200 guests, Bentley University President, Gloria Larson announced that, with the support of the Bentley University Board of Trustees, the Center for Business Ethics would henceforth be named the W. Michael Hoffman Center for Business Ethics


Learn more about CBE Renamed to Honor Founder.


Pioneering the Field of Business Ethics Since 1976

The W. Michael Hoffman Center for Business Ethics (HCBE) 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.

Our Mission

HCBE is a nonprofit educational, research and consulting organization whose vision is a world in which all businesses contribute positively to society through their ethically sound and responsible operations.

HCBE's mission is to give leadership in the creation of organizational cultures that align effective business performance with ethical business conduct. It endeavors to do so by the application of expertise, research, education and a collaborative approach to disseminating best practices.

HCBE strives to:

  • Connect ethical thought and action
  • Inspire ethical leadership
  • Enrich ethical knowledge and
  • Promote ethical collaboration

Learn more about the Hoffman Center for Business Ethics

In conjunction with the Hoffman Center for Business Ethics (HCBE) 40th Anniversary Celebratory Conference and Gala Dinner, two video collages were created.  To see a video collection of photos spanning the Center’s 40-year history, please click here, and to see a video collection of photos with quotations from some of the many speakers who have given speeches in HCBE programs, please click here

Two New Business Ethics Leaders Join the Kallman Executive Fellows Program

The Hoffman Center for Business Ethics is very pleased to announce that two new members have joined the Kallman Executive Fellows Program: Gael O’Brien and Tom White.

Ms. Gael O’Brien is a leadership coach and consultant. She is also a leadership columnist, facilitator/presenter and consultant to senior management on leadership. Gael’s work focuses on fostering ethical cultures and building reputation as well as developing strategies for aligning corporate purpose/values, strategic positioning and corporate responsibility. For more on Gael, please click here.

Dr. Thomas (Tom) I. White is the Conrad N. Hilton professor of Business Ethics and director of the Center for Ethics and Business at Loyola Marymount University.  He is the author of six books (Right and Wrong; Discovering Philosophy; Business Ethics; Men and Women at Work; In Defense of Dolphins: The New Moral Frontier; and Socrates Comes to Wall Street) and numerous articles on topics ranging from sixteenth-century renaissance humanism to business ethics. For more on Tom, please click here.

HCBE is pleased to announce the formation of the Faculty Advisory Council

The Faculty Advisory Council is designed to advance a dynamic conversation on current business ethics issues across all Bentley University departments and beyond the Bentley campus. For more information, please click here and scroll down.