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Global Business Ethics Symposium (GBES)

The 2020 Global Business Ethics Symposium was originally scheduled for Monday, May 18, 2020. However, due to COVID-19, the Symposium has been moved online, and rescheduled to Thursday, November 12 and Friday, November 13, 2020. The topic of this year's symposium is:

Business and Social Media: Opportunities and Risks

Social media has become a pervasive communications tool for billions of people across the globe. Businesses, too, use a variety of social media platforms to engage with their stakeholders, including employees, shareholders, and consumers. But it is increasingly clear that social media has a "light" and a "dark" side. What are the ethical and strategic risks and opportunities businesses face as they seek to avail themselves of the great potential of social media, without becoming inadvertently ensnared in the growing web of problems undermining it? How should businesses engage with their stakeholders in a productive and responsible way?

For the agenda click here.

To register click here.

The event is hosted by the W. Michael Hoffman Center for Business Ethics, with the generous support of the State Street Foundation. This two-day symposium is the 16th in a multi-year partnership.


For questions, please contact Jeff Moriarty (781-891-2085) or Gail Sands (781-891-2981)

Past Events
2019

Artificial Intelligence and the Responsibilities of Business: Mapping the Ethical Terrain

See the 2019 agenda, and review our panelists' bios.

15TH ANNUAL GLOBAL BUSINESS ETHICS SYMPOSIUM 
AGENDA - MAY 21, 2019

9:30 - 11:00 Welcome and opening session, "Artificial Intelligence -- The Big Picture"

Moderator: Jill Brown, Professor of Management, Bentley University, 

Presentations by:

  • Richard De George, University Distinguished Professor, University of Kansas
  • Lisa Amini, Director, IBM Research Cambridge
  • Kirsten Martin, Associate Professor, George Washington University

Watch the panel

11:30-1:00 AI and Making Machines Moral

Moderator: Cynthia Clark, Bentley Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility

Panelists:  

  • Tom Donaldson, Mark O. Winkelman Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics, Wharton, University of Pennsylvanian
  • Jean-Francois Bonnefon, MIT Media Labs and Moral Machines project
  • Doug Bosse, David Meade White Jr. Chair in Business at the Robins School of Business at University of Richmond

Watch the session

1:00-2:00 NETWORKING LUNCHEON

2:00-3:15 PANEL: Session A: Human Rights, National Security and AI

Moderator: Robert McNulty, Director of Programs, W. Michael Hoffman Center for Business Ethics

Panelists: 

  • Kade Crockford, Director, Technology for Liberty Program,  ACLU of Massachusetts
  • Matt Schrader, China Analyst, Alliance for Securing Democracy,  German Marshall Fund of the United States

Watch the panel

2:00-3:15 PANEL: Session B: AI and Medicine

Moderator: Fred Ledley, Professor of Natural & Applied Sciences & Management, Bentley University

Panelists:

  •  Art Caplan, Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor of Bioethics and Director of Division of Medical Ethics, NYU
  • John Brownstein, Chief Innovation Officer, Boston Children's Hospital

Watch the panel

3:30-4:45 Where Do We Go From Here: The Future Of AI

Moderator: Heikki Topi, Professor, Computer Information Systems, Bentley University

Panelists:

  • Peter Norvig, Director of Research, Google Inc.
  • M. Lynne Markus, Professor, Information Process Management, Bentley University

Watch the panel

2018

The Ethics of Inclusion

The workforce has never been so diverse but there is currently a heightened tension across society and in many workplaces. What should companies do differently as they think about inclusion in the workplace? How do companies create more diverse boards?  Fight bias and discrimination? Engage men as allies? Infuse ethics into the workplace culture? 

Bentley University – known for its ethics education – hosted a symposium, “The Ethics of Inclusion”, to uncover some of the lessons learned from renown practitioners and academics. What follows is the agenda and clickable links for viewing the panel recordings.

14TH ANNUAL GLOBAL BUSINESS ETHICS SYMPOSIUM 
AGENDA - MAY 21, 2018

9:00 INTRODUCTION

Cynthia Clark – Director, Bentley Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility, Director of the Harold S. Geneen Institute of Corporate Governance

9:15 WELCOME

Gloria Cordes Larson  – President, Bentley University                   

9:30 - 10:45 OPENING PANEL: CHANGING THE NATURE OF WORK

Moderator:        Deb Pine, Executive Director, Center for Women in Business, Bentley University

Panelists:         

Watch the panel

11:15-12:30 SESSION A:  GENDER AND DIVERSITY ON BOARDS

Moderator:        Pat Flynn, Trustee Professor of Economics & Management, Bentley University

Panelists:  

Watch the session

11:15-12:30 SESSION B:  MEN AS ALLIES

Moderator:        Trish Foster, Program Director, Center for Women in Business, Bentley University

Panelists:

  • Ray Novak, Senior Analyst, Project Management, Diversity & Inclusion, Liberty Mutual
  • Alex Hirs, Assistant Director of Gender Equity and Development, Bentley University
  • Len Pepe - Managing Director-Audit, Leader of Industry Groups and Markets, Grant Thornton LLP

Watch the session

12:30-2:00  LUNCHEON KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Paul Francisco, Chief Diversity Officer and Head of Workforce Development Programs at State Street Corporation

Watch the keynote

2:00-3:15 PANEL: INFUSING ETHICS AND CULTURE IN ORGANIZATIONS

Moderator:        Jill Brown, Associate Professor, Geneen Institute Research Professor of Governance, Bentley University

Panelists: 

Watch the panel

3:30-4:45 PANEL: DISCRIMINATION AND BIAS AT WORK

Moderator:        Mateo Cruz, Lecturer of Management, Bentley University

Panelists:

Watch the panel

5:00-6:00 CLOSING RECEPTION

2017

"Business Ethics in Context: Lessons from Health Care, Finance and Marketing"

9:00 WELCOME ADDRESS

Cynthia Clark – Director, Bentley Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility, Director of the Harold S. Geneen Institute of Corporate Governance

9:00 - 10:00 PANEL: FINANCE AND ETHICS

Moderator: Kristina MinnickAssociate Professor, Finance, Bentley University

Panelists:       

Watch the panel

10:00 - 11:00 PANEL: MARKETING AND ETHICS

Moderator: Ian CrossDirector, Marketing Technology Center, Bentley University

Panelists:

Watch the panel

11:15 – 12:15   PANEL: HEALTH CARE AND ETHICS

Moderator: Fred LedleyProfessor, Natural and Applied Sciences, Bentley University

Panelists:

  • Ed BurrSenior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, University Health Care System

  • Harold Braswell, Ph.D, Assistant Professor at the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics, St. Louis University

Watch the panel

12:15-1:30 LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Rakhi KumarManaging Director and Head of ESG Investments and Asset Stewardship at State Street Global Advisors (SSGA)

Watch Rakhi's Keynote

2:00 CONCLUSION

2016

GBES 2016 Program Agenda - "Reflections on Business Ethics"

9:15 AM WELCOME ADDRESS 

Gloria Cordes Larson - President, Bentley University
Introduction by 
Cynthia Clark – Director, Bentley Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility, Director of the Harold S. Geneen Institute of Corporate Governance

Watch the welcome

9:30 AM OPENING KEYNOTE

W. Michael Hoffman - Executive Director, Center for Business Ethics, Bentley U. “The Center for Business Ethics and the Business Ethics Movement”

Watch the keynote

10:00 - 11:15 AM OPENING PANEL

THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF BUSINESS ETHICS: PERSPECTIVES OF ETHICS CENTER DIRECTORS 

Moderator: Cynthia Clark, Bentley University
Panelists:

  • W. Michael Hoffman, Bentley University
  • James Weber, Duquesne University
  • Laura Hartman, Boston University

Watch the opening panel

11:15 - 11:45 AM NETWORKING BREAK

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Session A:      TEACHING ETHICS – CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES

Moderator:       Anthony BuonoBentley University

Panelists:

Watch Session A

Session B:      GLOBAL ETHICS SPOTLIGHT

Moderator:      Jeffrey MoriartyBentley University

Panelists:

Watch Session B

1:00 - 2:15 PM LUNCHEON SPEAKER

 Anthony O'Reilly Ethics and Compliance Officer for State Street Corporation

2:15 - 3:30 PM CURRENT RESEARCH IN ETHICS

Moderator:      Bob McNultyBentley University

Panelists:

Watch the session

3:30 - 4:00 PM NETWORKING BREAK

4:00 -5:15 PM  THE ACCOUNTABLE ORGANIZATION

Moderator:      Martin ConyonBentley University

Panelists:

Watch the session

5:30 - 7:00 PM CLOSING RECEPTION

2015

GBES 2015 Program Agenda

Registration: 8:30 – 9:30 in Råvarebygningen Hall, Copenhagen Business School

 

9:15  WEL​CO​ME

Per Holten-Andersen, President of Copenhagen Business School

See biography | Video of welcome

9:30 OPENING KEYNOTE 

Mads Ovlisen, former CEO of Novo Nordisk

See biography | Video of Keynote

10:00 - 11:15    OPENING PANEL

WHAT IS THE SCANDINAVIAN CONTEXT?

Moderator:   Robert Strand, University of California at Berkeley Center for Responsible Business and Assistant Professor, Copenhagen Business School | Watch Robert's Panel Introduction

Panelists:        

11:15 - 11:45    NETWORKING BREAK

11:45 - 1:00      CONCURRENT SESSIONS
 

Session A:        SUSTAINABILITY AND GOVERNANCE   | Watch Session | Watch Q&A

Moderator:   Cynthia Clark, Associate Professor of Management and Director of the Harold S. Geneen Institute of Corporate Governance, Bentley University, USA

Panelists:  

 
Session B:        THE ROLE OF PARTNERSHIPS IN SUSTAINABILITY & CSR

Moderator: Jill Brown, Associate Professor of Management, Bentley University

Panelists:

  • Rob Phillips, University of RichmondUSA
  • Robert StrandUniversity of California at Berkeley and Copenhagen Business School
  • Annette StubeHead of Group Sustainability, The Maersk Group, Denmark

1:00                  LUNCHEON SPEAKER

David Suetens, Executive Vice President & International Chief Risk Officer for State Street Corporation

See biography

2:15 - 3:30       SUSTAINABILITY REPORTING IN A MANDATORY VS. VOLUNTARY CONTEXT

Moderator:   Mette Morsing, Copenhagen Business School | Watch Complete Panel Video

Panelists:  

  • Jeremy Moon, Professor, Copenhagen Business School
  • Siri CarsonAssociate Professor, Programme for Applied Ethics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway
  • Atle Midttun, Professor at Norwegian School of Management (BI), Norway

3:30 - 4:00      NETWORKING BREAK

4:00 - 5:15      RESEARCH IN SUSTAINABILITY: MAKING US THINK

Moderator: Tony Buono, Bentley University | Watch Complete Panel Video

Panelists:

  • Sandra Waddock, Boston College, USA
  • Stefano PonteCopenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • Kai HockertsCopenhagen Business School, Denmark

5:30 - 7:00      EVENING RECEPTION  -  Cocktails and Music @ CBS

2014

Global Business Ethics Symposium May 19, 2014

The Bentley Center for Business Ethics and Bentley Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility proudly presented the 2014 Bentley Global Business Ethics Symposium, sponsored by the State Street Foundation. The tenth in a multi-year partnership, the event brought together international academicians, corporate and civil society leaders, and media to explore best practices and challenges in business ethics and ethics education.

Luncheon Keynote:  Scott PowersCEO, State Street Global Advisors

The Proceedings from the 2014 Program is available as a PDF file here.

2013

Ninth Bentley Global Business Ethics Symposium

Global Business Ethics Symposium May 20, 2013

The Bentley Center for Business Ethics and Bentley Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility proudly presented the 2013 Bentley Global Business Ethics Symposium, sponsored by the State Street Foundation. The ninth in a multi-year partnership, the event brought together international academicians, corporate and civil society leaders, and media to explore best practices and challenges in business ethics and ethics education.

Opening Keynote: Fredrik GjerstadSenior Vice President and Head of Investment Risk Management, State Street Global Advisors

Lunch Keynote:  Patricia HarnedPresident, Ethics Resource Center

The Proceedings from the 2013 Program is available as a PDF file here.

2012

Eighth Bentley Global Business Ethics Symposium

Global Business Ethics Symposium May 21, 2012

The Bentley Center for Business Ethics and Bentley Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility proudly presented the 2012 Bentley Global Business Ethics Symposium, sponsored by the State Street Foundation. The eighth in a multi-year partnership, the event brought together international academicians, corporate and civil society leaders, and media to explore best practices and challenges in business ethics and ethics education.

Opening Keynote: Pamela F. PatonSenior Vice President and Chief Administration Officer, Corporate Development and Global Relationship Management, State Street

Keynote: Conscious Capitalism: The Future of Capitalism?

W. Michael Hoffman​ Hieken Professor of Business and Professional Ethics, and Founding Executive Director, Center for Business Ethics, Bentley University

Rajendra Sisodia​Professor of Marketing, Bentley University and Chairman and Co-founder, Conscious Capitalism Institute

Lunch Keynote:  Stephen B. YoungGlobal Executive Director, Caux Round Table

The Proceedings from the 2012 Program is available as a PDF file here.

2011

The Seventh Bentley Global Business Ethics symposium

In partnership with Euromed Management,

Marseille, France

The 2011 Symposium was also a UN PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) co-sponsored event.

Opening Keynote: Richard Lacaille, Chief Global Investment Officer, State Street Global Advisors.

The 2011 program can be viewed here.

The Proceedings from the 2011 Program is available as a PDF file here.

2010

The Sixth Bentley Global Business Ethics Symposium

WHAT IS SUSTAINABILITY?

DIFFERING PERSPECTIVES ON SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS PRACTICE IN THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

Bentley College

Waltham, Massachusetts

Opening Keynote:  Tracy Atkinson, Executive Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, State Street Corporation

Luncheon Keynote: Hazel Henderson, Founder, Ethical Markets Media LLC    

The 2010 Program Booklet is available here.

The Proceedings from the 2010 Program is available as a PDF file here.

2009

The Fifth Bentley Global Business Ethics Symposium

BUILDING RESPONSIBLE GLOBAL CULTURES: 

THE ROLE OF ETHICS, CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY

The Fifth Bentley Global Business Ethics Symposium

Bentley College

Waltham, Massachusetts

Opening Keynote: Arlene Rockefeller, Executive Vice President and Head of Global Equities Management Group, State Street Global Advisors

Luncheon Keynote: Frank Piantidosi, Chief Executive Officer, North American Financial Advisory Services, Deloitte

The 2009 program can be viewed here.

The Proceedings from the 2009 Program is available as a PDF file here.

2008

The Fourth Bentley Global Business Ethics Symposium

May 19, 2008

ETHICS, GOVERNANCE AND ENTERPRISE RISK MANAGEMENT: A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE

The Fourth Bentley Global Business Ethics Symposium

Bentley College

Waltham, Massachusetts

Opening Keynote: Nancy Loucks, Executive Vice President, Head of Enterprise Risk Management, State Street Corporation

Luncheon Keynote: Nick Tommasino, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Audit and Enterprise Risk Services, Deloitte & Touche LLP

The 2008 program can be viewed here.

The Proceedings from the 2008 Program is available as a PDF file here.

2007

The Third Bentley Global Business Ethics Symposium

June 18, 2007

BUSINESS ETHICS AND CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: 

DIFFERENT SIDES OF THE SAME COIN? 

A COMPARISON OF EUROPEAN AND NORTH AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES

The Third Bentley Global Business Ethics Symposium

In partnership with Universidad Pontificia Comillas

Madrid, Spain

Opening Keynote: Jean-François Schock, Senior Managing Director, Strategic Growth Group, State Street Global Advisors — Europe/Middle East/Africa

Luncheon Keynote: Carlos Espinosa de los Monteros, Chairman and CEO, DaimlerChrysler Spain

Closing Remarks: "Principles of Social Business: The Grameen Trust and Micro-Finance," H.I. Latifee, Managing Director, Grameen Trust

The 2007 Symposium program can be viewed here.

The Proceedings from the 2007 Program is available as a PDF file here.

2006

The Second Bentley Global Business Ethics Symposium

May 22, 2006

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY:

COPING WITH GLOBALIZATION

The Second Bentley Global Business Ethics Symposium

Bentley College

Waltham, Massachusetts

Opening Keynote: "Challenges in Corporate Social Responsibility," Richard W. Pearl, Vice President, Community Affairs, State Street Corporation

Luncheon Keynote: "Found in Translation: Ethics and Corporate Responsibility Applied to a Global World," Barry Salzberg, Managing Partner, Deloitte & Touche USA

The 2006 Symposium program can be viewed here.

The Proceedings from the 2006 Program is available as a PDF file here.

2005

The Inaugural Bentley Global Business Ethics Symposium

May 23, 2005

ETHICS AND RISK MANAGEMENT IN A GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT

The Inaugural Bentley Global Business Ethics Symposium

Bentley College

Waltham, Massachusetts

Opening Keynote: "Ethics and Risk Management at State Street," Joseph Chow, Executive Vice President and Chief Risk and Corporate Administration Officer, State Street Corporation

Luncheon Keynote: "Corporate Leadership and Ethical Behavior: Ethics and Risk Management at Deloitte & Touche," William Basic, Managing Partner New England, Deloitte & Touche

The 2005 Symposium program can be viewed here.

The Proceedings from the 2005 Program is available as a PDF file here.