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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

For a snapshot of HCBE, click here to view the center's latest brochure. 

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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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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.

Five New Business Ethics Leaders Join the Kallman Executive Fellows Program

The Hoffman Center for Business Ethics is very pleased to announce that five new members have joined the Kallman Executive Fellows Program: Lee D. Augsburger, Stephen B, Harris, Joel H. Katz, Tina S. Sheldon, and Yan Tougas.

Mr. Lee D. Augsburger is senior vice president and chief ethics & compliance officer in the Law, Compliance and Business Ethics unit of Prudential Financial, Inc., responsible for overseeing the company’s global compliance organization of more than 500 staff worldwide and the company’s global business ethics efforts. For more on Lee, please click here.

Mr. Stephen B. Harris is Senior Vice President, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer at Lincoln Financial Group. In this role, Steve has ultimate accountability for the effectiveness of the compliance programs covering all of the company’s businesses and functions, which include Life Insurance, Annuities, Retirement Plans, Group Protection and Mutual Funds. He is an experienced ethics and compliance leader with a reputation for building exceptional ethics and compliance programs. He is known for critical and strategic thinking, creativity, careful listening and practical problem solving, all of which have contributed to his success at building strong partnerships with business leaders and regulators. For more on Steve, please click here.

Mr. Joel H. Katz is senior vice president, chief ethics & compliance officer and managing attorney for CA Technologies (“CA”), one of the world’s largest independent computer software companies. Before joining CA Technologies, Joel was with the law firm of Maupin Taylor P.A. in Raleigh, North Carolina. His practice was devoted exclusively to representing management in labor and employment-related legal matters. For more on Joel, please click here.

Ms. Tina S. Sheldon is the Chief Compliance Officer at Five Star Senior Living Inc. At Five Star Senior Living, Tina reorganized the compliance department and expanded the compliance function to more effectively address the myriad of regulatory risks impacting a publicly traded, multi-state senior living and healthcare company. For more on Tina, please click here.

Mr. Yan Tougas oversees UTC’s global ethics programs, supporting a network of over 500 Ethics & Compliance Officers, managing the company’s Ombudsman program, coordinating the deployment of major communication campaigns and training initiatives, and ensuring that best practices are adopted across UTC’s business units. Ethical culture and leadership is the focus of all activities under his responsibility. For more on Yan, please click here.