Our events are hosted by one of the NIBE stakeholder or partner organisations and are opportunities to meet with other people interested and concerned with business ethics. They are arranged at various locations throughout the North East, either directly or in partnership with others with the aim of sharing information on business ethics, discussing current dilemmas and sharing good practice.  

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Responsible Business Seminar: Ethics, Meaningfulness and Mutuality @ Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University
Jan 28 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Ethics, Meaningfulness and Mutuality

Refreshments will be available from 16:30 and the lecture will take place at 17:00 (room TBC).

Speaker: Dr Ruth Yeoman, Oxford University

To address the sustainability imperative, private, public, and civic organisations must progress models of organising that are grounded in human values, and responsive to complex system-level challenges involving multiple stakeholders.

In Ethics, Meaningfulness, and Mutuality, Dr Yeoman proposes a philosophy of ethical organising that harnesses the neglected values of meaningfulness and mutuality to the creation of life value organisations. Within a philosophy of ethical organising, mutuality permits an examination of the unavoidable relational nature of collective action, whereas meaningfulness addresses fundamental human concerns for significance and leading a life we have reason to value. Dr Yeoman seeks to show how meaningfulness and mutuality provide normative tools for establishing life value organisations as collective moral agents, where members are equipped with a human capability for ethical world-building. This philosophy of ethical organising brings a critical perspective to organisational practices that are not only instrumentally beneficial for addressing wicked problems, but are normatively desirable for human flourishing.


Capitalism’s Reinvention: how Sustainable Development Goals can drive a new market, where purpose delivers profit and business plays its urgent role in tackling runaway climate change and reducing global poverty. @ Northumbria University
Feb 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Paul is Co-founder of IMAGINE, Chair of the International Chambers of Commerce and the B-Team, and Vice-Chair of the UN Global Compact, after being the CEO of Unilever for ten years. Prior to joining Unilever, Paul was chief financial officer of Nestlé S.A. from January 2006 as well as executive vice president for the Americas from February 2008.

Paul earned a BBA/BA from the University of Groningen, Netherlands, in 1977 and an MBA/MA in economics and finance from the University of Cincinnati in 1979. He has honorary degrees from the Universities of Northumbria, Newcastle, UK (2000) and the University of Cincinnati, USA (2009).

The lecture will take place on 11th February 2020 at 6.30pm – 7.30pm, with refreshments served from 6pm.

Inaugural Event: Leadership in the time of Climate Crisis. @ Durham University Business School
Feb 18 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

You are warmly invited to attend this inaugural Sustainability Dialogue event at Durham University Business School.

The decade beginning in 2020 has been described as the decisive decade to determine the long-term environmental, social and economic impact of climate change. In response to this, we have assembled a high-profile panel to offer their perspectives on the issue of Leadership in the time of Climate Crisis.

The current generation has been defined as unique in having both the necessary data and information to be aware of the problem, and the time and potential to put in place the changes required to avoid the worst-case scenarios. The next decade is also the timeframe in which action must be taken in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

DUBS is engaging with current and future business leaders to foster a debate and identify what is required from leaders to respond to this challenge. The School is also reaching out to other faculties and departments across the University to foster a broader debate about the correct response to the challenges of the next decade.

The DUBS Sustainability Dialogue is a new platform to support the University in convening interdisciplinary and public dialogue with a focus on action.

Professor Susan Hart, Executive Dean of the Business School, will provide a welcome and introduce Professor Stuart Corbridge, the Univeristy’s Vice-Chancellor who will offer some opening remarks. The panellists will then speak, leading into an open Q&A.

17.30-18.15 Refreshments.

18.15-19.45 Sustainability Dialogue event.

Learn more about the Panellists and event here.

Don’t delay, register today!

Walgreens Boots Alliance and the Sustainable Development Goals @ Durham Business School
Mar 2 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

We are pleased to invite you to this Durham University Business School (https://www.dur.ac.uk/business/) and North East Initiative on Business Ethics (www.nibe.org.uk) jointly-sponsored event.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

Business is one of the key actors, alongside governments and NGOs, in realising these goals. In his talk, Richard Ellis, Vice-President for Corporate Social Responsibility at Walgreens Boots Alliance (https://www.walgreensbootsalliance.com/) will give us an insight into how the SDGs are integrated into the CSR and broader corporate strategy of the firm.

This House believes data and tech companies are a threat to our democracy, @ Brewin Dolphin Newcastle
Mar 3 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

On 3rd March students from around the region will debate their hopes and fears for the region’s growing technology sector. The third inter-school debate will raise awareness of a subject that’s of clear importance to us all and showcase the abilities of some of the region’s future business leaders.

NIBE is working with 20 year 12 students from five of the region’s schools: Emmanuel College, The Kings Academy, Grace College, Harton Academy and St Bede’s Durham. Students from each school will argue for the motion and two against. Each student will speak for a maximum of 2.5 minutes.

The debate will be followed by discussion with the audience.

Responsible Business Seminar: Business Responsibility for Human Rights @ Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University
Mar 24 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Business Responsibility for Human Rights

Refreshments will be available from 16:30 and the lecture will take place at 17:00 (room TBC).

Speaker: Dr Owen Boyle, Northumbria University

Further details will be available soon.