Ethics in business is about so much more than just following the rules; fundamentally, it is a matter of creating the right culture in our organizations, so that people have the ability and support to make decisions that are not only effective but consistent with the values and principles we hold dear. Raytheon has worked very hard in establishing an ethical business culture that is accepted by our employees and woven into the fabric of the ways in which we work. Our continued growth and profitability depend on it.
Raytheon has supported the Center of Business Ethics at Bentley University for many years and our sponsorship of its Lectureship in Business Ethics is an important commitment for the company. We recognize the enormous value of the leadership given by the center for more than 30 years, to promote ethical business practices and cultures in the United States and around the world. And ethical leadership -- illuminating and inspiring conduct that is instinctively ethical -- is what the Raytheon Lectureship in Business Ethics is about. The series brings to Bentley University highly respected corporate leaders of companies that have a manifest and deep-rooted commitment to doing business in the right way. They will share insights and ideas and engage in discussion about how the business community can and should achieve ethical excellence. I look forward to many fine lectures.
William H. Swanson
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Raytheon has supported CBE's corporate leader lecture series since 2003, taking over from Sears, Roebuck and Co., which sponsored the event from its inauguration in 1998. An organization's ethical tone and culture are set from the very top, by the words and actions of the CEO, senior management and the board of directors. This lecture series brings exemplary CEOs and leading executives to Bentley, to share their insights on how to inspire ethical excellence and -- to paraphrase former SEC Chairman William Donaldson -- how to make ethical conduct part of the organization's "moral DNA."
After each lecture, we publish a monograph and past editions may be viewed below.
April 5, 2012
Toward a Sustainable Future
CEO and Chairman, Coca-Cola Company
October 18, 2011
Inventing a Win-Win-Win-Win-Win Future
Chairman, President, and CEO, Stonyfield Farms
April 7, 2011
The Ethics of Teams: Playing Fair in Business
Director, Bain Capital
November 4, 2010
Ethics as a Business Strategy
Andrew N. Liveris
President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Dow Chemical Company
March 18, 2010
Values Investing: How Companies Create Innovation, Profits, & Social Good
Rosabeth M. Kanter
Harvard Business School Professor of Management
Chair & Director of Harvard's Advanced Leadership Initiative
Co-Founder & Chair of Goodmeasure, Inc.
Video of Lecture
November 3, 2009
Turbulence is Inevitable...Misery is Optional: Ethics and integrity are your greatest assets in good times and in crisis
Former CEO of Southwest Airlines and former CEO of Braniff International
April 7, 2009
Goodness In Business
Co-founder and CEO, Tom's of Maine
September 25, 2007
Trust - An Essential Asset: Creating Individual and Corporate Value
James H. Quigley
CEO, Delloite & Touche USA LLP
October 25, 2006
Rebuilding Trust after a Corporate Crisis
Lawrence S. Benjamin
CEO, U.S. Food Service
October 8, 2003
The Integrity of Management and the Management of Integrity
Michael C. Ruettgers
For more information, contact the Center for Business Ethics at 781.891.2981.