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W. Michael Hoffman Center for Business Ethics

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 and most respected, 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

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Remembering a Great Friend

On May 31, 2018, the Hoffman Center for Business Ethics (HCBE) lost a dear friend and patron, Charles Hieken. Mr. Hieken was deeply committed to the advancement of business ethics and for this reason, together with his wife Donna, generously endowed the Hieken Professorship of Business and Professional Ethics at Bentley University. This chair has been held by HCBE founder and executive director, Dr. W. Michael Hoffman since it was first established in 2006.

Chuck, as he was known to his friends, was a pioneer in patent and intellectual property law. Along with Dr. Amar Bose, he was one of the co-organizers of Bose Corporation and from there went on to become a highly respected patent attorney at Fish & Richardson in Boston where he worked for over 30 years. He won two landmark precedent-setting cases before the Supreme Court, which established a fundamental principle of patent law. Chuck was a dedicated member of the HCBE family and almost never missed any of the lectures in the Raytheon and Verizon series.

His brilliant intellect and warm personality never dulled, both of which he unsparingly shared with his friends at HCBE. He will long be remembered as a dear friend and valuable contributor to the development of the HCBE.

Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility 

Given Bentley University’s mission to educate ethical and socially responsible organizational leaders via impactful knowledge within and across business and the arts and sciences, we created the Bentley Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility (BAESR) in 2003. The role of the BAESR is to amplify and extend the work of the autonomous centers and initiatives on campus, supporting and encouraging greater awareness of, respect for, and commitment to ethics, service, social responsibility and sustainability in our research, curricula and campus culture. W. Michael Hoffman Center for Business Ethics is proud to be a partner in the Alliance.

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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: Dr. Monica Gorman and Jacquelyn Gates Shipe.

Dr. Monica Gorman heads the Global Compliance division at New Balance and leads teams in Asia, Europe, Middle East & Africa, and the Americas. For more on Monica, please click here.

Ms. Jacquelyn Gates Shipe is the Chief Executive Officer of Global Ties Alabama, a nonprofit organization that promotes global peace and understanding through citizen diplomacy. For more on Jacquelyn, please click here.