The North East Initiative on Business Ethics (NIBE) was established in May 2013 as an independent regional resource with an aspiration to become a focal point for good business behaviour. Its formation braided the work of Newcastle University Business School’s Ethics Forum (and its community of people interested and involved in business ethics) with research and training undertaken by the London-based Institute of Business Ethics and the interests and faith lead of the City Centre Chaplaincy and The People’s Kitchen. Together we felt there needed to be a north east organisation that focused on business ethics and brought people together to learn from each other, share good practice and make a difference in the community.
We set up a working group in partnership with Newcastle University Business School to establish robust governance structures for NIBE so that we could move quickly to offer a range of services and training packages. We were then in a position to attract individual and organisational signatories to a NIBE pledge and it was envisaged that these early signatories would become the new organisation’s funding (and paying) members. Our three aims: ‘together, talking, transforming’ were already being brought alive by the Newcastle Journal’s ‘Pay Fair’ campaign. This was a direct response to concerns around prompt payment terms that were raised by a small business at our launch.
We now work closely with many businesses across the region.We maintain close relationships with all five regional universities and their experts in Business Ethics.. We have a Memorandum of Understanding with Northumbria University who support us and with whom we hold joint events just as do the other universities.There is lots happening and has happened. Business Ethics is at the heart of life.How can you not be interested in joining us?
Original NIBE Steering Group:
Reverend Canon Glyn Evans, City Centre Chaplain & Caroline Theobald CBE, Managing Director, Bridge Club Ltd and co-founder Business Ethics Forum, NUBS
Lucy Armstrong, Alchemists and CBI Regional Council, Visiting Goldman Professor, Newcastle University Business School
James Ramsbotham, CEO, North East Chamber of Commerce
Richard Talbot-Jones, Insurance Institute of Newcastle upon Tyne
Bob Eldridge MBE, People’s Kitchen
Hugh Welch, Senior Partner, Muckle LLP and Trustee Shepherds Dean
David Faulkner, Newcastle City Council
Kevan Carrick, JK Property Consultants LLP; RICS and chair of trustees City Centre Chaplaincy
Paul Woolston, Chair, NELEP
Church Leaders including Bishop of Newcastle, Professor GeoffMoore,Durham University and Canon Stephen Cherry, Durham; Reverend Sheila Bamber, Sunderland Minster
Barry Speker OBE DL, Sintons
Individual Supporters included:
Lucy Winskell OBE DL, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Northumbria University
Chi Onawara, MP for Newcastle