The majority of presentations at the Forum are delivered by experienced ethics and compliance practitioners. Breakout sessions on a range of topics are held each day, which take the form of a facilitated discussion. Forum participants are free to choose which session they would like to attend. Details of 2017 Breakout sessions, below, give a flavour of what can be expected. Timings of these will be confirmed closer to the Forum start date.
Please note that this programme is subject to change
Wednesday 01 February 2017
Welcome reception for delegates
An opportunity to meet the organisers and other delegates in an informal setting.
Thursday 02 February 2017
- Welcome and Introductions
Members of the organising bodies, CEA, EBEN, ECI and IBE
- Plenary Session 1
- Reflections from a Chairman
- Richard Gillingwater CBE, Chairman – SSE plc
- This session will set the scene by reflecting on the recent journey by UK-listed energy company SSE towards supporting and strengthening SSE’s ethical business culture.
- Refreshment Break
- Concurrent Breakout Sessions (SEE LIST BELOW – subject to change)
- Networking Break and Lunch
- Concurrent Breakout Sessions (SEE LIST BELOW – subject to change)
- Networking Break with Refreshments
- Speed Sharing
- Meet your fellow attendees and learn more about how they keep their program fresh and their careers moving forward. Using a bell every 20 minutes and pre-set questions, this will be a fun and engaging way to exchanging ideas.
- 18.15 – 18.30
- Meet in Hotel Lobby
- Buses depart the hotel for the Merchant Taylors’ Hall at 18.30.
- 19.15 – 22.00
- Reception and Dinner
- Western Entrance
- Buses depart the Merchant Taylors’ Hall for the Hotel.
Friday 03 February 2017
- Welcome, coffee
- Plenary Session 2
- Autonomous Transport Systems – an ethical challenge?
- Lambert Dopping-Hepenstal, FREng, CEng, FIET, FRAeS
Jérôme Perrin, VP Scientific Director – Renault
Professor Tony Gillespie PhD FIET CEng FREng
- Autonomous Systems offer advantages for all modes of transport – operational flexibility, safety and efficiency. The same design principles apply to all sectors: a vehicle with some level of on-board intelligence and with connections to other users and the infrastructure. The possibility of fully autonomous systems raises ethical and legal questions about their use. These include the design of the decision making software, the potential capability of the vehicle and the way in which it is operated or used.
Specifically, artificial intelligence in automated vehicles circulating in an open environment, interacting with many different entities, natural or man-made objects, has yet to be fully understood or accepted. What will the vehicle do when faced with a critical dilemma? Producing algorithms for resolving these conflicts is critical. They need to be developed and validated transparently and collectively.
In the highly regulated industries such as aerospace, autonomous systems are becoming widely accepted and so far meet legal requirements. Lessons learnt, coupled with the development of new engineering standards will enable exploitation of autonomous functions in an increasing number of fields.
- Refreshment Break
- Concurrent breakout sessions (SEE LIST BELOW – subject to change)
- Networking Break and Lunch
- Plenary Session 3
- Organisational Obstacles to Ethical Decision Making
Celia Moore, Associate Professor, Department of Management and Technology – Bocconi University
While most organisations do not want their employees to engage in unethical behaviour, many of them create cultures and enact practices that make unethical behaviour more likely among their employees. In this session I will discuss three ways in which organisations can unintentionally facilitate their employees’ unethical behaviour, while trying to motivate them to perform. First, organisations point their employees towards specific goals. Goals are great for motivating performance, but can easily backfire and encourage unethical behaviour while motivating performance. Second, organisations encourage their employees to take specific perspectives on prospective courses of action, which may undermine their awareness of the ethical implications of those routes forward. Finally, organisational cultures create propulsion for their employees to move in the direction they have pointed them towards, which, if it’s the wrong direction, can speed their own destruction. The session will conclude with a discussion about what we know can help stop these dangerous paths.
- Looking Ahead
- Recent Lessons and New Challenges
To wrap up, a panel of experienced ethics practitioners will share their highlights and “takeaways” from this year’s forum. Key topics and challenges that are likely to dominate E&C in the coming year will be presented.
- Forum Closing
A summary report of the conference will be circulated to all participants.
Breakout Session Summary
(subject to change)
How do you Develop Ethical Leaders, for Today and Tomorrow?
Led by Dominic Hall, Head of Ethical Business Conduct – BAE Systems
What are you doing to develop the ethical acumen of your existing and future business leaders? This session will look at the ways organisations are seeking to develop ethical leaders at all levels of their business, not just those in, or heading towards, the boardroom.
How to Create an Ethical ‘Drum Beat’ to Increase Awareness for your Ethics Programme
Led by Steven Kerry, Global Ethics Manager – Rolls-Royce
With so many messages constantly being transmitted in an organisation, how do you maintain awareness of your ethics programme throughout an organisation? This session will allow participants to share the practical and innovative ways of creating and maintaining that ‘drum-beat’ to ensure awareness of your Ethics programme is present within your organisation.
Applying Technology to your E&C Activities
Led by Lawrence Wasnock, Vice President & Corporate Ethics Officer – L-3 COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION
Thanks to digital technology the world is now more connected that it has ever been. The digital revolution has completely changed the way in which we communicate with one another. This session will give participants the opportunity to discuss how to use digital technology, including apps, social networks and videos, to help develop an ethical culture in your organisation.
Engaging Stakeholders and Third Parties in your E&C Programme: Creating a sum greater than its parts
Led by Donna Davis, Director, Ethics & Business Conduct – Northrop Grumman Corporation
Creating a strong culture founded on organisational values and ethics requires a collaborative effort between primary and secondary stakeholders, as well as, third parties. It is important therefore that they build trusting relationships and work together effectively. This session explores strategies for Ethics professionals to engage and leverage internal and external partnerships. Examples of Best Practices and Lessons Learned will also be discussed.
Big Data & Power of Algorithms
Led by Nicolas de Cordes, VP Marketing Anticipation – Orange Group
This session will include; (i) Examples of BigData, and high level risks and benefits; (ii) The question of Privacy Preserving methods; (iii) A list of ethics questions to address, to reduce risks and maximise benefits.
How do an Organisation’s Values Fit in a Culture Change Programme?
Led by Katrina Campbell Ethics Advisor – UNFPA United Nations Population Fund
Many organisations are attempting ambitious (and in some cases necessary) culture change programmes. However, changing behaviour is no easy task. In this session the discussion will centre on how to embed corporate values at the heart of any culture change programme.
Conflicts of Interest (CoI): setting a policy and making it work
Led by Marie-Agnes Vieitez, Compliance Director – Faurecia
Whether conflicts of interest are real or perceived, they have the potential to call into question the quality or objectivity of business decisions. In this session we will share ideas on how to set a CoI policy, going beyond the principles of “disclose and discuss”, as well as how to make it work going forward.
Data Protection: responses to the EU General Data Protection Regulation
Led by Yann Padova, Commissioner – Commmission Regulation of Energy (CRE)
The EU Data Protection Regulation was adopted by the European Parliament in 2016. EU member states are now required to transpose this into their national law by May 2018. This session will discuss the implications of the regulation and consider steps organisations need to take ensure that they are compliant with the new requirements.
Incentivising Consistent Ethical Conduct
Carefully designed incentives are fundamental to embedding values throughout an organisation. This session will look at how both financial and non-financial incentives can be used to create consistent ethical conduct in an organisation, bringing in the perspective of HR.
Speaking Up: from concern to closure
Led by Imrich Pöthe, Business Ethics Director Corporate Compliance – JT International S.A.
Creating culture, where employees are free to raise their concerns of misconduct, without fear of retaliation is one of the main priorities of all E&C functions. This session will allow participants to share and discuss good practice on this persistent issue, with a particular focus on how to create a speak up system which encourages the raising of concerns and protects those who have spoken up.
The Changing Nature of the Workplace: some ethical issues
Led by Ram Aiyer & Karie Jo Barwind, Regional Ethics & Compliance Counsel, EMEA – Google
For the past generation, technological innovations and improvements have begun to change the workplace. 21st century business models will become decreasingly reliant on groups of employees gathered together in a single workplace, and automation will see some job roles disappear altogether. But what does this mean for the future of E&C? This session will explore these issues.
Externally Reporting Ethical Performance
Led by Philip Jordan, Chairman of the Ethics Committee – Total S.A.
The global desire for transparency and the continually increasing scope of narrative reporting are presenting organisations with the opportunity to say more about their ethics and compliance initiatives than ever before. This session will allow participants to share good practice in the ways in which they are building trust externally through open reporting of ethical performance.
Engaging Employees with your Values
Led by Robert Smith Director Business Compliance and Ethics Serco Group plc
Core values are the starting point for any E&C programme. But how do you ensure your employees, with all their differing personal values, are able to engage with your company values? This session will showcase ways in which participants are embracing this challenge at all stages of the employee’s relationship with the company, including: recruitment, induction, and day-to-day.
Ways of Measuring Organisational Ethical Culture
Led by Kim Ingham, Director Ethics, Policy & Investigations – Merck & Co., Inc.
How do Ethics Officers know what the ethical culture of their organisation is? In this session we will discuss ways of measuring culture including where to look for sources of data, common metrics used, and what the options are for third party assurances.
Looking for New Ways to Communicate Internally?
Led by Corinne Blaich, Compliance Officer – Bosch
Come and discover the new communication programme from Bosch called “Compliance Dialog”. It has everything you can dream of: proprietary app on employees’ smartphones, manager led dilemma discussions, cascade down from higher management, video from a repented offender… It works as a speak-up enabler and a training facilitator, and much more…