KPMG and BEN-Africa Ethics Forum
23 May 2017, 2:00PM - 4:30PM, SAST
On behalf of BEN-Africa and KPMG we invite you to attend and participate in the upcoming forums (the first of which is at KPMG in Cape Town on the 23rd of May 2017).
Our first two forums will centre on the topic ‘Ethics and Energy: Ethics practice as usual, or a unique challenge?’ ProgrammeGuest speaker Professor Oliver Williams (Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, and a member of the Board of Directors at the United Nations Global Compact Foundation) will share his thoughts on the topic of “Ethics and Energy”, followed by a Q&A session and a facilitated practitioners discussion on ethics management in the energy sector.
|Cape Town *||23 May||14:00 - 16:30||
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|Johannesburg *||9 June||09:30 - 12:00||KPMG Wanooka Place
1 Albany Road
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Guest speaker Professor Oliver Williams (Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, and a member of the Board of Directors at the United Nations Global Compact Foundation) will share his thoughts on the topic of “Ethics & Energy”, followed by a Q&A session and a facilitated practitioners discussion on ethics management in the energy sector.
In 2015 KPMG and the Business Ethics Network of Africa (BEN-Africa) initiated an Ethics Forum to provide a platform for business leaders, practitioners in ethics, compliance and risk, and academics to discuss the challenges of managing ethics in organisations. Together we are building capacity for doing business with moral integrity.
Forums have been hosted in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Port Elizabeth and have invited fruitful and animated discussion. Topics included:
We collected the papers presented at the forums in a joint KPMG/BEN-Africa thought-leadership publication, which are available for download.
This is the first publication in an envisaged series entitled “Letters from the field…” which we hope will come to be regarded as an invaluable resource for business ethics practitioners and academics alike.
In 2017, the focus of these forums will be ethics in the energy sector. The controversies and challenges surrounding climate change, trade-offs between development and sustainability, alternative fuels and green economies make this an especially pertinent topic.
All organisations face similar business ethics challenges, from managing conflict of interests at board level, to monitoring the effectiveness of one’s whistleblowing hotline; from ensuring that a code of ethics strikes the right tone and is embraced by all organisational members to seeking real engagement with one’s external stakeholders.
The question is what are the business ethics challenges that are unique, if any, to those organisations operating in the energy sector? In light of the energy sector’s specific regulatory environment, and its concomitant corporate governance and compliance demands, how is ethical organisational culture measured and developed in the sector? What peculiar ‘tricks-of-the-trade’ do ethics and compliance officers working in the mining and minerals; and the petroleum, oil and gas business have to share with their counterparts in other industries?