European Business Ethics Forum

Please email ebef@ibe.org.uk with any queries regarding EBEF 

What is the European Business Ethics Forum (EBEF)?
EBEF is an annual two-day Forum organised by Cercle d’Éthiques des Affaires (CEA), the Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI) and the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) taking place annually for the last 21 years. EBEF brings together together those responsible for the ethics, compliance or business conduct programmes within their organisations to discuss the leading business ethics topics of our time.


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 so as to strengthen the integration of Ethics and Compliance into managerial decisions.

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 various formats especially designed for them.

The CEA offers various activities to help strengthen its members’ professional practice from “reflecting” on prospective topics at “Conférences Prospectives” (Prospective Discussions), to “learning” about a new law, or “doing” practical case studies, or “sharing” by conducting specific benchmarks in small working groups at the “Ateliers Pratiques” (Practical Workshops). The CEA also organises book reviews with writers in the “Librairie de l’Éthique” (Ethics Book Club), and an annual Conference between Academics and Practitioners. The 2019 Conference will be on Ethics & Artificial Intelligence.

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 influence public and private decision-makers in order to reinforce the position of Ethics and Compliance in corporations and organisations.

Cercle d’Éthique des Affaires (CEA)
Tel: +33 (6) 08 16 26 44

Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI) of the United States

The Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI) is a best practice community of organizations that are committed to creating and sustaining high quality ethics & compliance programs. With a history dating back to 1922, ECI brings together ethics and compliance professionals and academics from all over the world to share techniques, research and, most of all, exciting new ideas.

ECI is the leading provider of independent research about workplace integrity, ethical standards, and compliance processes and practices in public and private institutions. Our research includes the long-standing National Business Ethics Survey® (NBES) of workplace conduct in the United States and the more recent Global Business Ethics Survey® (GBES) of workplaces in leading world economies.

ECI assists organizations in building strong cultures and developing High Quality Ethics & Compliance Programs (HQPs) in line with the five pillars identified by an ECI Blue Ribbon Panel. Embracing these pillars as our own operational standard, ECI provides organizations with tools and benchmarking services that enable them to assess the relative strength of their culture and program, identify areas for attention and stay abreast of new developments and best practices.

ECI also supports E&C officers, individual practitioners, academics and thought leaders with a full calendar of educational programming, networking and idea exchange opportunities and professional certification services. Ours is a vibrant and active community of professionals that shares knowledge, encourages thoughtful innovation and explores new ideas to help organizations and individuals meet key objectives.

ECI is comprised of the Ethics Research Center (ERC), the Ethics & Compliance Association (ECA) and the Ethics & Compliance Certification Institute (ECCI), and is based in Vienna, VA, USA.

Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI)
Tel: +1 703 647 2185 (Va.)
Fax: +1 703 647 2180 (Va.)

Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) of the United Kingdom

The Institute of Business Ethics, whose purpose is to promote high standards of business behaviour based on ethical values, is an important partner to any business wanting to preserve its long-term reputation by doing business in the right way.

For over 30 years, the IBE has advised organisations on how to strengthen their ethical culture by sharing knowledge and good practice, resulting in relationships with employees and stakeholders that are based on trust.

We achieve this by:

  • Acting as a critical friend to organisations we work with
  • Advising senior business leaders and those with responsibility for developing and embedding corporate ethics policies
  • Supporting the development of these policies through networking events, regular publications, research and benchmarking as well as training
  • Providing guidance to staff through bespoke training and decision-making tools
  • Educating the next generation of business leaders in schools and universities

The IBE is a registered charity (Company Number 11594672 and Charity Number 1180741) supported by businesses and individuals making a donation to the Institute.

Institute of Business Ethics (IBE)
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7798 6040