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Business Ethics – isn’t that an oxymoron?

  • Jun 26, 2012 · 6:30 PM
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Philippa Foster Back OBE, Director Institute of Business Ethics will give a short talk on the above topic, which will be followed by a general discussion and networking.

Philippa has 30 years of business experience, having begun her career at Citibank. Following 9 years at Bowater, leaving as group treasurer, she became group finance director at DG Gardner Group, a training organisation. She joined Thorn EMI in 1993 as group treasurer until 2000. She was appointed Director of the IBE in 2001.

In connection with her IBE role she served on the Woolf Committee 2007/8 looking at ethical business practice in BAE Systems plc; and has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the Centre for Corporate Reputation at the Said Business School at Oxford University and consequently as a Visiting Fellow of the University.

She sits on the Boards of the Institute of Directors, where she is Vice Chairman and Senior Independent Director, of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, and is a Lay Member of the Council of UCL.  She is also Chairman of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust.

Philippa was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours 2006 for services to the Ministry of Defence where she was a NED and chaired the Defence Audit Committee from 2002-2007. In July 2008 she was awarded the Marks & Spencer Sieff Award. As a backgrounder, you can find out more about the Institute of Business Ethics at

As always, for those attendees that might not have been to this venue before, please do not confuse it with Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese in Fleet Street! A cash bar will be available on the ground floor of the venue, so please come a little before time if you want to purchase drinks beforehand so that we can start promptly. Usually, food is also available at this venue if ordered before 8pm.

As space is limited, if you are interested in coming to this Meetup please sign up early and if your plans change subsequently please amend your RSVP so that others can take your place if it turns out that you can't make it on the night.

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  • Adrian P.

    I thought that our guest speaker did a superb job in sparking off a highly participative and wide-ranging discussion about ethics and business behaviour. I certainly valued the history of the development of awareness of business ethics to what is now perceived to be a necessary shared and consistent component of corporate culture. However, it is clearly not sufficient in itself to have an ethics policy; you have to communicate and raise awareness of it, introduce a 'speak-up' policy, and monitor adherence to the policy. As Philippa reminded us, it's also essential that corporate ethics policies are updated from time to time to take into account changing societal expectations and staff turnover. Very enjoyable evening!

    June 27, 2012

  • Julia

    Very interesting speaker, small group allowing a real debate, in a friendly and serious ambience.

    June 27, 2012

  • Steve M.

    An excellent evening, put a number of business pointers into a more logical order for me, and a very informed discussion after the formal presentation

    June 27, 2012

  • Bengt S.

    ...I do not think that the role of ethics in the business morphing process is full understood...

    June 27, 2012

  • martin s.

    Sorry, this conflicts with a lecture I am attending on 'crony capitalism' vs 'entrepeneurial capitalism' and I am sure there will be some overlap in our discussions !

    June 21, 2012

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