Friday 09 February 2024

Please note that the below is a guide only and may be subject to change as the programme develops.

08:30 CET
Refreshments will be served from 08:30.

09:15 CET
Ethics beyond compliance – how can Boards embed an ethical business culture?
Simon Thompson, President of the IBE; Senior Adviser, Rothschild & Co.; and former chair of 3i Group, Rio Tinto and Tullow Oil
Rachael Saunders, Deputy Director, IBE
The importance of establishing an ethical culture that goes beyond compliance is now widely recognised across organisations in the private, public and third sectors. How can ethics and compliance professionals ensure that their boards have the information they need to integrate this culture from the very top?

10:15 CET
Refreshment break

10:45 CET
Concurrent facilitated discussions
Choose one of four concurrent discussions:

  1. Ethics in sport – Olympic Games 2024
    Facilitator: Nicola Bonucci, Member of the Ethics Committee of the COJOP | Moderator: Stephanie Scouppe, CEA
    Although the world of sport is a symbol of strong values, it is not immune to ethical scandals. Harassment, corruption, heavy environmental impact: the criticisms levelled at it are multiplying. As partners in major sporting events, companies need to put in place robust sponsorship arrangements to avoid all ethical risks, whether legal, financial or reputational. A meeting between a corporate ethics manager sponsoring the Paris Olympics 2024 and a member of the Olympic Games Ethics Committee.
  2. Evolution of a Speak Up programme
    Facilitator: Dawn Wood, Engagement, Training and Programme Manager, Ethics and Compliance, Rolls Royce | Moderator: Ian Peters, IBE
    This session will explore how to continue to develop a Speak Up programme to adapt to new legislation and business strategy; how to communicate a Speak Up programme to keep it fresh and relevant in the business; trends and how to better understand and respond to them.
  3. Towards a European duty of vigilance
    Facilitator: Soundous Hassouni, Sustainability Due Diligence Manager, Decathlon | Moderator: Cecile Willems, Capgemini
    Increasingly institutionalised, CSR is now based on a precise analysis of social and environmental risks along the entire value chain. Since the UK’s Modern Slavery Act in 2015 and France’s Duty of Vigilance in 2017, third-party due diligence practices have been greatly strengthened. Their requirements are now being taken up by various European legislators – from Germany to the Netherlands – in anticipation of forthcoming EU-wide harmonisation via CS3D. What best practices have already been identified? How can we prepare for those to come? A seasoned professional shares her experience.
  4. Racism, discrimination and the abuse of power: shifting awareness to action
    Facilitator: Daniel Hotard, JD, Ph, Associate Researcher, Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire pour la Sociologie Économique | Moderator: Evren Esen, ECI
    This important session provides practitioners the guidance as to what extent do issues of racial discrimination concern organisations as opposed to individuals? What are organisations doing to anticipate these issues, and to address them effectively when they arise? What practices are emerging? With these questions in mind, attendees will be able to delve into the recently released report Racism, Discrimination and Abuse of Power (RDAP).

12:00 CET
Lunch break | Sixtine Brasserie

13:15 CET
Concurrent facilitated discussions
Choose one of three concurrent discussions:

  1. Risk culture vs ethics and organisation culture – is there a difference?
    Facilitator: Darriane Garrett, Director Ethics and Culture, BDO | Moderator: Ian Peters, IBE
    Organisations place focus on culture such as the proactive embedding of ethical and lawful behaviour, embracing difference and diversity, respectfully challenging the status quo. Ethical organisational culture is a key element to effective risk management and embedding a sound risk culture in organisations.
  2. Internal investigations: best practices
    Facilitator: Nathalie Victory, Audit Project Manager – E&C Investigations, Group ADP | Moderator: Philippe Symons, Sodexo
    Since the systematic introduction of robust automated alert systems, companies have been faced with a growing number of reports. To deal with them, some companies have set up dedicated internal investigation teams. What principles and methods do they follow? What difficulties do they encounter, and what tips do they use to overcome them? Case study with an internal investigator at ADP.
  3. Third-party Compliance: from anti-corruption to international sanctions
    Facilitator: Domitille Fontaine-Castets, Group Chief Compliance Officer, Accor | Moderator: Marie-Agnes Vieitez, CEA
    Multinational companies must comply with various Compliance norms from anti-corruption to sanctions. In a globalised economy, this means screening their entire supply chain and customers, starting with Tier 1 and down. We are talking of thousands of lines on an Excel sheet. How can it be organised? What strategy and methods should be used? What pitfalls should be avoided? A duet by two very different industries: Hospitality and Defence.

14:30 CET
Refreshment break

15:00 CET
Concurrent facilitated discussions
Choose one of three concurrent discussions:

  1. Preparing the next generation of leaders to address E&C issues
    Facilitator: Marc Toussaint, Ethics and Compliance – Transformation and culture change, Airbus | Moderator: Rachael Saunders, IBE
    Many businesses are reporting that young people are more likely to report ethical concerns about colleagues and ways of working, have different expectations of managers and leaders, and use different communications channels. In this session, we will examine the demand for ethics from younger employees who want purpose of work, how we can promote ethics to younger people throughout an organisation, and how E&C practitioners can mentor the next generation of leaders to ensure that they are prepared to face ethical issues.
  2. Ethics of Gen AI: the Google case
    Facilitator: Christine Poli, Head of Legal, Google Cloud, EMEA | Moderator: Anne-Violane Monnie, CEA
    Major tech companies are racing to design generative Artificial Intelligence (AI). These developments raise ethical questions – some in the realm of myth, fantasy and dystopia. But what is the perspective of designers on the subject? And how do their compliance measures ensure trustworthy AI? Here’s a look at the practices deployed by Google.
  3. Future-ready ethics and compliance professionals: essential skills and qualities
    Facilitator: Andrew Blasi, CEO, Ethicist Intl | Moderator: Trent Walter, ECI
    This session will delve into the evolving demands placed on E&C professionals, encompassing both current challenges and future trends. Gain valuable insights into the key skills required to navigate complex ethical and compliance landscapes.

16:15 CET
Forum closing

Stéphanie Scoupe, President, Cercle d’Ethique des Affaires (CEA)
Evren Esen, VP, Research &Analytics, Ethics & Compliance Inititative (ECI)
Dr Ian Peters, MBE, Director, Institute of Business Ethics (IBE)

16:30 CET
End of EBEF 2024