Carnegie Council Celebrates the Sixth Global Ethics Day

Oct 16, 2019

Held every October, Global Ethics Day provides an opportunity for organizations around the world to hold events for people to explore the crucial role of ethics in their professions and their daily lives. This year, Carnegie Council is partnering with Bruce Weinstein, The Ethics Guy®, for a webinar on business ethics and will highlight events from around the world on GlobalEthicsDay.org.

"Global Ethics Day is the focal point on the calendar to reach our constituents all around the world," says Joel Rosenthal, Carnegie Council president. "We launched it in 2014 hoping that it would start a movement and each year we see its influence grow. We're excited to see what this year will bring."

The 45-minute webinar with Weinstein, entitled "How Ethical Leadership is the Key to Sustained Success in Business," will be the centerpiece of Carnegie Council's celebration and will take place at 11 a.m. ET on October 16. Terri Civitello, associate director of ethics and compliance at the Otis Elevator Company; Mike Valentine, CEO of Baxter Credit Union; and Carol Tate, director of global ethics and compliance and associate general counsel for Intel Corporation, will appear on the webinar, which will focus on why businesses cannot afford to hire a single dishonest employee.

Weinstein also published an article on "Forbes" online on October 14 in observance of Global Ethics Day, entitled "Seven Bold Leaders Reveal How Ethical Leadership Is A Boon To Business." The article features business executives explaining the benefits of ethical leadership.

In addition, Carnegie Council has partnered with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and CFA Institute to produce eight interviews with business leaders on the importance of ethics, entitled "Ethics in Business: In Their Own Words." Featuring Helen Brand, ACCA chief executive, and Paul Smith, outgoing CFA Institute CEO, and other business leaders, the eight full interviews and three short compilation videos featuring highlights of the talks are available on Carnegie Council's YouTube channel. In addition, these interviews have been turned into six half-hour television shows, currently airing on CUNY TV in the New York City metro area.

ACCA and CFA Institute have also announced several other Global Ethics Day events taking place around the world, including a breakfast event at the European Parliament in Brussels; the Singapore Ethics Film Festival, in partnership with ACCA Singapore, running from October 16-24; the CFA Society Singapore and CFA Society Malaysia University Ethics Challenge; roundtable/speaker sessions around Pakistan, in partnership with ACCA Pakistan; and an ethics session at CFA Society Australia Investment Conference.

Global Ethics Day will also be observed around the world at schools, businesses, and non-profit organizations. A few highlights include: a conversation on national security with Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) for the Leadership, Ethics, and Practice (LEAP) Initiative at the The George Washington University's Elliot School of International Affairs in Washington, DC; a radio program focused on ethics on Radiotelevision Española in Spain; a symposium entitled "Ethics and Creative Practice" at Arts University Bournemouth in the United Kingdom; talks on ethics and a formalized commitment to ethical behavior for all 3,500 employees at Auditor-General South Africa; and a panel on ethics at the Brazilian Association of Professionals for Sustainable Development.

Go to GlobalEthicsDay.org for a full list of events and participating organizations and ideas and inspiration for other Global Ethics Day activities.

ABOUT CARNEGIE COUNCILFounded by Andrew Carnegie in 1914, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is a forum for the world's leading thinkers, experts, and decision makers. Through lectures, workshops, panel discussions, conferences, interviews, articles, and a wealth of free multimedia online resources, the Council has earned a reputation as an honest, objective voice for ethics in international affairs. Go to https://www.carnegiecouncil.org.

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