About the host organisations
Cercle d’Éthique des Affaires (CEA) of France
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.
European Business Ethics Network (EBEN)
The European Business Ethics Network (EBEN) is a membership driven organisation concerned with promoting business ethics education and training as well as improving practices throughout Europe. It was established in 1987 in Brussels and is the only European network focused exclusively on business ethics and business ethics education. EBEN has over 1,100 members representing 40 countries.
EBEN National Networks exist in Germany, Spain, the UK, the Netherlands, Poland, Belgium, France, Turkey, Austria, Greece, Cyprus, Finland, Italy, Israel, Switzerland, Ireland, Ukraine & Scandinavia.
In a dynamic social and political environment, EBEN supports business persons by offering an international network of academically informed competencies in the field of business ethics and related fields such as corporate social responsibility, accountability, and corporate citizenship. It offers an unparalleled arena for exchanging information on business initiatives and best practices.
EBEN’s diversity of membership means there are always many varied views within the group about business ethics. EBEN is an inclusive network and accepts plurality of perspectives.
Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI) of the United States
The Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI) is a non-profit organisation that empowers its members across the globe to operate their businesses at the highest levels of integrity by providing the premier research and best practices, networking and certification opportunities in the industry. Through its membership, ECI represents more than 450 entities across nearly every industry, each dedicated to promoting the highest levels of integrity in organisations worldwide. ECI’s more than 1400 members are located in 37 countries on six continents around the globe.
ECI’s signature study, the National Business Ethics Survey® (NBES), which is expanding globally, is the most rigorous study of American perceptions of ethics in the workplace. The study has surveyed more than 20,000 employees since its inception in 1994. ECI also offers the most comprehensive survey methods and benchmarks available, enabling companies to measure their program impact against other companies and U.S. national averages.
ECI’s membership community connects global practitioners, thought-leaders, academicians and partners by providing in-person and online events, webcasts, best practice groups, presentations and networking opportunities to foster the advancement of the E&C industry.
ECI’s certification program (Leading Professional in Ethics and Compliance [LPEC]) is the primary professional E&C designation. LPEC covers all facets of E&C theory and practice, and individuals that pass the LPEC exam and achieve the LPEC designation have proven that they have the skills needed to create and manage an effective E&C program.
ECI is comprised of the Ethics Research Center, the Ethics & Compliance Association and the Ethics & Compliance Certification Institute. ECI is based in Arlington, Virginia. and Waltham, Massachusetts.
Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) of the United Kingdom
The Institute of Business Ethics was established in 1986 by businesses to encourage high standards of business behaviour based on ethical values. It is a UK registered charity (No. 1084014).
The IBE raises public awareness of the importance of doing business ethically and collaborates with other UK and international organisations with interests and expertise in business ethics.
It helps organisations strengthen their ethical culture and encourage high standards of business behaviour based on ethical values. The IBE helps organisations across the globe provide guidance to their staffs and build relationships of trust with their principal stakeholders through its advice, publications, events, training and education activities.
To fulfil the institute’s vision and mission, its team members help organisations by applying their practical business experience to the difficult ethical issues that companies face. The IBE is based in London and is supported by corporate and individual subscribers.