The Cercle d’Ethique des Affaires was founded in 1993 and is the longest serving Ethics and Compliance Association in France. In 2011, its Articles of Association were amended to keep abreast with the evolution of the profession with the goal to become a leading think tank where researchers and practitioners freely exchange on Ethics and Compliance.
The CEA is first and foremost a trusted place where Ethics and Compliance professionals i.e. officers in corporations and organisations come to meet their peers, discuss, benchmark, learn, share, etc. on a confidential basis, in a format especially designed for them –the “Club des Professionnels de l’Éthique” (Ethics and Compliance Professionals Club).
The CEA offers various activities to help strengthen its members’ professional practice from “reflecting” on prospective topics, to “learning” about a new law, and “doing” practical case studies in small working groups or conducting specific benchmark and surveys. For example, it recently put together the first French Professional Referential on Ethics and Compliance and adopted its Manifesto for Business Ethics.
The CEA also organizes book reviews with writers in the “Librairie de l’Éthique” (Ethics Book Club). The CEA partners with other organisations such as the IBE and ECI. In 2013, it became the French Chapter of European Business Ethics Network.
It also participates in numerous conferences to constantly strengthen the integration of Ethics and Compliance into managerial decisions.
Thus trying to influence public and private decision-makers in order to reinforce the position of Ethics and Compliance in corporations and organisations.