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.