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What We Do

Activities
The primary function of Centre for Business and Public Sector Ethics, Cambridge, is quality research. The Centre has developed its own unique lateral methodology across a number of disciplines to research complex ethical, social and environmental issues. By this method, the Centre has created a databank and a unique body of knowledge. One of the Centre's published books (Espionage & Secrecy) won a prize in the USA in 1991 for its outstanding scholarship (see the Centre's publications www.ethicspress.com)

The Centre also disseminates its research knowledge by the following means:

Teaching/E Learning
The Centre is developing courses on the ethics subjects listed on the home page for e-learning by academics, businessmen, professionals and others who wish to gain qualifications in these subjects. The Centre is accrediting these courses by providing a Certificate and Diploma from 2006. The first course on 'Ethics and Anti-Corruption' is available on DVD and Video, and a certificate will be issued following this study. Please apply for further details to the Centre

Please apply for further details to the Centre

Courses can also be tailor made for particular organisations and countries if required.

Project Analysis
The Centre has undertaken a number of projects for external bodies including an analysis of pressures facing chartered accountants in business for the London Society of Chartered Accountants and a series of Research Reports for a leading Spanish bank.

Conferences in Cambridge & London
Centre for Business and Public Sector Ethics has held numerous international Conferences since 1988 in Cambridge, and in other locations, attended by academics, government leaders, and top businessmen.

Seminars
The Centre has hosted 16 major Seminars in Cambridge since 1995 for delegations from the People's Republic of China and also sent a representative to Seminars organised by the University of Guelph, Canada; the British Embassy, Madrid; the Institute of Directors, City of London branch; The British Council; Wilton Park; and the British Assn. for Central and Eastern Europe.

Advice/Consultancy
We can assist business companies and Governments globally with consultancy/advisory services. The Centre has already given specialist advice to the Cadbury Committee on Corporate Governance; The UK Law Commission; The House of Lords; the UK Committee on Standards in Public Life (then the Nolan Committee); and the US President's Ethics Law Reform Commission among others.

Visitors to Cambridge
Leading Universities, distinguished business executives and government officials have visited the Centre in Cambridge, including from the Body Shop; Bovince Ltd.; Caterpillar Inc. USA; HM Treasury; the UK Cabinet Office; the Hon Malcolm Wilkey of USA and Chile, South America; INSEAD; and the University of Tartu, Ulikool, Estonia.

 


Delegates from the People's Republic of China at a Centre Seminar in Cambridge
Delegates from the People's
Republic of China at a Centre
Seminar in Cambridge

Two Centre Associates visiting Cambridge from India, 2001
Two Centre Associates visiting Cambridge from India, 2001



In addition the Centre has given:
Keynote Addresses and Lectures abroad

Deakin University, Melbourne
Pro Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University with his colleagues and Rosamund Thomas. Image courtesy of Deakin University.

Melbourne, Australia, 17 September 2014
Rosamund Thomas, the Centre's Director, held the Gourlay Visiting Professorship in Business Ethics at Trinity College in The University of Melbourne, for 4 weeks 3 September - 3 October 2014. Under this Visiting Professorship, she spoke at other Melbourne institutions including Deakin University.

 
London Global Convention of the Institute of Directors, India
Dr Rosamund Thomas, the Centre`s Director, and other panel speakers, at the London Global Convention of the Institute of Directors, India.

London, UK, 2 October 2013
Leadership for Creating Value through Good Governance and Business Excellence -
Institute of Directors, India.
LONDON GLOBAL CONVENTION 2013 incorporating 13th International Conference on Corporate Governance & Sustainability.

 
Shanghai media delegation 2013
Senior Shanghai television and press executives, together with the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, following his address to the delegates on 21 August 2013.

Cambridge, UK, August 2013
During 2013 our Centre held 8 intensive seminars at different dates for visiting senior delegates from numerous Ministries of the Central Government of the P.R. of China, as well as from Chinese local governments. These seminars included 5 days from 19-23 August 2013 for Shanghai television and press executives under the auspices of Shanghai Municipal Government.

 

Academic, business, and government participants at the one-day ESRC/Centre UK-Brazil Seminar held in Cambridge on 24 June 2013

Cambridge, UK, March-June 2013
The Centre ran 4 separate seminars in 2013 for the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) on BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China). These one-day seminars brought together UK academic researchers to meet business and government representatives from each of these 4 countries in turn.

Video extract of final rounding up by Dr Rosamund Thomas of the UK-Brazil ESRC/Centre Seminar 24 June 2013.
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Shanghai Media Conference
Visits for the senior Shanghai Media delegates during November 2012 included meeting the Mayor of Cambridge in the Council Chamber, Cambridge City Council

Cambridge, UK, 30 October-3 November 2012
A series of 5-day Seminars was held by our Centre for a Shanghai Media delegation of top television and newspaper executives.
Many other Seminars took place for visiting senior Chinese delegations to our Centre during 2013.

 

A Seminar run for the Chinese State Bureau for Letters and Calls, 15 December 2011

Cambridge UK, December 2011
Numerous other Seminars were run by our Centre for visiting Chinese Government Officials from January to December 2011.

 

Beirut, Lebanon, December 2011
The Centre's Director was a Speaker at the 2nd CSR Lebanon Forum on 'Banking & Finance 2012: The Social Risk'.


The 2nd CSR Lebanon Forum at which Dr Thomas spoke (1st photo above shows Professor David Grayson, another speaker), 1st December 2011

 

Cambridge UK, November 2011
Another 5 days of Seminars for Shanghai Municipal government officials


Press and Communication delegates from Shanghai Municipal government in Cambridge 17-23 November, 2011


 

Dr Thomas addressing ACFA members on 'Justice in the Banking and Financial Services Worlds", 2 November 2011

Derbyshire, November 2011
Dr R. Thomas, the Centre's Director, was a Keynote Speaker at the Annual Conference of the Association of Christian Financial Advisers (ACFA)

 

Passeo de Gracia, Barcelona, 29 September 2011

Barcelona, Spain, September 2011
The Centre's Director was a Guest Speaker at Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, and the Jordi Pujol Centre, Barcelona, 28 - 30 September 2011.

 

Dr R. Thomas, speaking, and Ms Susan Bird (far left) of the European Commission, Brussels, September 2011.

Brussels, Belgium, September 2011
Dr R. Thomas, the Centre's Director spoke at an event organised at the European Institute for Asian Studies, Brussels, 6 September 2011.

 

Roundtable on 'New Routes for Global Finance', Brussels, May 2011.

Brussels, Belgium, May 2011
The Centre's Director was invited to attend a high-level banking Roundtable in Brussels on 19 May 2011.

 

John Marshall, UK Trade & Investment (middle back row), a speaker at the Seminars, 10-14 January 2011

Cambridge UK, January 2011
5 days of Seminars for Shanghai Creative Industries' delegates.

 

Dr Adeye Adewole and Mr Fatusi Omogbemi O. from COPE-AFRICA in Cambridge. 16 October 2010

October 2010
Two executives from COPE - AFRICA based in Nigeria, visted the Centre for talks on anti-corruption in October 2010 .

 

Delegates from Beijing financial institutions who attended 5 days of Seminars (12 - 16 August 2010) in Cambridge run by the Centre

March - October 2010
Six different delegations from central and municipal government bodies in China and Chinese Universities visited the Centre during 2010

 

One of the Seminar groups in Cambridge, October 2009

Cambridge UK, October/November 2009
Three Chinese delegations from the Government of the P.R. of China attended high-level Seminars held by the Centre in October 2009.

 

The Seminar delegates in Cambridge, September 2009

Cambridge UK, September 2009
A senior delegation from the Government of the P.R. of China attended a Centre Seminar on "Ethics and Anti-Corruption".

 

Seville, Spain, November 2008
Dr Rosamund Thomas, the Centre's Director, delivered a paper on 'Equality and Diversity' at a Round Table held at Carmona, Seville, Spain, 13-14 November 2008.


Dr R. Thomas and Dr P. Collazzo-Yelpo in Seville, Spain, 2008


 

Ashridge Business School, UK, 2008

Ashridge Business School, UK, September 2008
Dr Rosamund Thomas, the Centre's Director, was a Speaker at the 6th Annual PhD Conference of the European Academy of Business in Society held at Ashridge Business School, 13 September 2008.

 

Madrid, Spain, 2008

Madrid, Spain, June 2008
The Centre's Director was a participant in a symposium on 'Managing Diversity in Business Schools' organised by ESADE Business School, Madrid Campus, Spain on 23 June 2008.

 

Athens, Greece, 2007

Athen's Greece, May 2007
The Centre's Director was a speaker at a conference entitled, 'Doing Business Socially '07' held in May 2007 by a leading group of Greek companies.

 

Cancun, Mexico, 2006

Cancun, Mexico, July 2006
Dr Rosamund Thomas was a Keynote Speaker at the Fourth Latin American Convention on 'Corporate Social Responsibility' for the oil and gas industries of the region, 19 - 20 July 2006.

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Vilamoura, Portugal, February 2006
The Centre's Director, Dr Rosamund Thomas, spoke at 'The Global Conference on Social Responsibility' which took place in Vilamoura, Portugal, 16-18 February 2006.

 

Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, January 2006
Dr Rosamund Thomas addressed leaders from all three UK Armed Services at the UK Defence Academy on 17th January 2006

 

Prague, Czech Republic, September 2005
Dr Rosamund Thomas was a speaker at the International Bar Association Annual Conference, Prague, The Czech Republic, 25-30 September 2005.

 

Madrid, May 2005

Madrid, Spain, May 2005
A representative from the Centre (Dr Rosamund Thomas) spoke at the Reputation Institute's 9th Conference held in Madrid, Spain, 19th May 2005.

 
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The Seminar in progress Cambridge, December 2004

Cambridge UK , December 2004
A sixth delegation from the Government of the People's Republic of China attended a Seminar given by the Centre on 'Excellence and Ethics in the Public Service'.


The Seminar participants in Cambridge, December 2004


 

The IBA Conference Session, Auckland, October, 2004

Auckland, New Zealand, October 2004
Dr Rosamund Thomas spoke in the Showcase Session on 'Human Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility' at the International Bar Association (IBA) Annual Conference.



Auckland, October 2004


An evening function at the IBA Conference.

 

Athens, Greece, October 2004

Dr Rosamund Thomas: a panel speaker on the subject of 'The Social Role of Enterprises', Athens, October 2004
The Centre's Director was invited to participate in the European Federation, and Hellenic Association, of Management Consultants Conference.

 

BBVA's Madrid Office

Madrid, Spain, September 2004
Dr Rosamund Thomas, the Centre's Director, addressed some 60 senior bank Managers and Directors at BBVA on the subject of 'Business Ethics and Corporate Reputation'.

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The Seminar group in Cambridge, May 2004

Cambridge UK , May 2004
A fifth delegation from the Government of the People's Republic of China visited the Centre for a Seminar on 'Teaching Citizenship'.

 

A Seminar group in Cambridge, November 2003

Cambridge UK , November 2003
A fourth delegation from the Government of the People's Republic of China visited the Centre for a week of Seminars on 'Ethics in Government and Anti-Corruption & Business Ethics.'

 

Shanghai, October 2002

An innovative UK - China Forum for Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) led by the British Consulate General Shanghai and attended by Dr Rosamund Thomas, the Centre's Director Congratulations to Paul Sizeland, then British Consul General Shaghai, for this excellent initiative!

Participants

Chen Liangyu (Mayor of Shanghai) and Patricia Hewitt (Secretary of State for Trade and Industry) attended the CEO Forum. The participants were:

Bill Alexander, Thames Water; Peter Batey, APCO Shanghai Office; Dr. Albert Bert Bennet, CEIBS; Sir David Brown, Motorola; Lance Browne, Standard Chartered Bank; Willem Burgers, CEIBS; Sir Colin Campbell, Nottingham University; Hong Chen, Shanghai Guangdian; Peter De Wit, Shell Gas & Power Regional Director; Sir John Egan, CBI; Vernon Ellis, Accenture; Mark Ferguson, Manchester University; Jianhua Fu, Bank of Shanghai; Fiona Gilmore, Springpoint; Ian Gow, Nottingham University Business School; Simon Heale, London Metal Exchange; Yongzheng Hui, Shanghai Innovation Research Center of Traditional Chinese Medicine; Christopher Hum, British Ambassador; Digby Jones, CBI; Roy Leighton, Credit Lyonnais; Gong Li, Accenture; Ji Liu, CEIBS; Yongxing Liu, East Hope Group; Liz Padmore, Accenture; Yongming Lu, Hua Lian Group; Jack Ma Yun, Alibaba.com; Guoqiang Ma, Bao Steel; William Molbey, CEIBS; Peter Nightingale, China - Britain Business Council; Paul Sizeland, British Consul General Shanghai; Wenyan Ren, Shanghai Federation of Industry and Commerce; Steve Ridgeway, Virgin Atlantic; Ian Rushby, BP Group; Robin Saxby, ARM Holdings, Wenqing Shen, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Andrew Summers, Design Council; Rosamund Thomas, Cambridge; Rosalie Tung, CEIBS; BoWang, Accenture; Jiafen Wang, Brightness Dairies; Andrew Williams, Jardines Group; David Wood, Symbian; Shengwu Xie, Jiaotong University; Fujia Yang, Fudan University; Guohua Zhang, CEIBS; Linde Zhang, Shanghai Telecom; Peiping Zhang, CCPIT; Yixing Zhang, Shanghai Municipal Government; Huajun Zhong, Friendship Group; Congjiu Zhu, Shanghai Stock Exchange; Linchu Zhu, Development Research Centre of Shanghai Municipal Government; Xiaoming Zhu, Shanghai Municipal Government

 

Dr Rosamund Thomas, the Centre's Director, and others with the Chinese delegation in Cambridge, June 2002.

Cambridge UK, June 2002
A third delegation to the Centre in Cambridge from the Government of the People's Republic of China for a follow up Seminar on 'Ethics in Government and Anti-Corruption', 17 June 2002.


Representatives of Centre for Business and Public Sector Ethics with the Chinese delegation in Cambridge, June 2002.

Chinese and Centre Seminar participants on guided tour of Cambridge colleges.

 

Centre's Director with Chinese Government Minister, March 2002

Beijing & Shanghai, March 2002
A delegation from Centre for Business and Public Sector Ethics visited representatives of the Government of the People's Republic of China (PRC) from 17 -24 March 2002, for a series of Seminars on 'Ethics in Government' in Beijing and Shanghai.


Delegation from Centre for Business and Public Sector Ethics at a Seminar in Beijing, March 2002


Beijing Seminar led by Centre for Business and Public Sector Ethics at a Training Academy for Chinese public officials.



Centre's Director meeting Senior Government Official, Shanghai, March 2002


Shanghai reception for Centre for Business and Public Sector Ethics' delegation, March 2002.



Seminar in progress, Shanghai, March 2002


Shanghai: Key Seminar with Centre for Business and Public Sector Ethics and leading local Chinese Government Officials studying together 'Ethics in Government'.



Centre's delegation with Government officials of P.R. China Shanghai Museum, March 2002.


Shanghai: Cultural visit by the Centre's delegation to the new Shanghai museum which was the venue for the APEC Conference in 2001.

 

Richard Howitt, MEP, 2001

European Conference
Brussels, November 2001




The Centre's Director participated in a Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility, 27-28 November 2001, hosted under the Belgian Presidency of the European Union with the European Commission.

 

Programme for Madrid Conference, 2001

Madrid, Spain, October & November 2001
The Centre's Director addressed senior executives and students in Madrid, Spain on 'Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics in Europe' in association with BBVA, ZEIA, the Spanish Railways, Renfe, and the University Complutense, Madrid.

 

London May 2001
The Centre collaborated with leading conference organisers in London to run a conference on 'Accountability and Ethics in the Public Sector'.

 

Ottawa, 2000

Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, September 2000
Dr Rosamund Thomas was a speaker at the international Conference on 'Ethics in the Public Sector' attended by the then Prime Minister of Canada the Hon. Jean Chrétien. Her paper was published later in the US Journal 'Public Integrity' of the American Society for Public Administration, Summer 2001.

 

IPSA Conference, Quebec City, 2000

Canada, International Political Science Association Conference, Quebec City, Quebec, August 2000
The Centre's Director was elected Co-Chair of the IPSA Research Group RC48. In that capacity Rosamund Thomas chaired sessions and acted as Commentator alongside Professor R D Sharma and Professor F W Riggs.

 

European Commission, Brussels, 1999

European Commission, Brussels, May 1999
Dr Rosamund Thomas was a keynote speaker to the European Commission Conference on the subject of 'Environmental Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility: Perspectives for the Future'

 

Chandigarh, 1997

India and Pakistan, November 1997
In association with the British High Commission, New Delhi, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office London, and the British Council, India, the Centre's Director Dr Thomas undertook an extensive Lecture tour of Universities, public sector bodies and chambers of commerce in India and Pakistan. Dr Thomas also gave an address to the International Bar Association international Conference, New Delhi, 1997, on 'Lessons to be learnt from the Bhopal Disaster and other Industrial Accidents'.


Lahore, 1997


 

Brisbane, 1996

Australia, Brisbane, Queensland, August 1996
Dr Rosamund Thomas gave a keynote address to an international Conference hosted by the State Government of Queensland in 1996.

 

Washington, DC, 1994

United States Of America, Washington DC November 1994
The Centre's Director addressed a 90 nation international Conference on 'Ethics in Government' hosted by the US Federal Government in 1994.

 
Book Publications

Books carrying the Centre's work are published by Ethics International Press Ltd. and can be purchased securely online at the Ethics International Press Ltd website: www.ethicspress.com
or through leading booksellers.

Government Ethics
Do we uphold ethics in Government by law or by example?
Environmental Ethics
How can corporate responsibility and environmental ethics be encouraged?
The British Philosophy of Administration:
A Comparison of British and American Ideas 1900 - 1939.

Government Ethics provides the world for the first time with a unique and international body of knowledge on ethics in Government and the public sector. This book contains the views of distinguished experts in Government and academia and includes codes of conduct for Government officials, issues of official secrecy, privacy and military and police ethics. It also discusses conceptual values like 'trust'.

Environmental Ethics relates to 'corporate and social responsibility' by Government, industry, the professions and scientists for the community and the environment. The book focuses on standards, quality, environmental audit and 'best practice', as well as ideals towards which countries can aspire to protect the global environment and implement the Rio Treaties. Environmental Ethics integrates, but extends, the subjects of environmental law and sustainable management.

This 'classic' book records the intellectual and practical developments in British public and business administration for the period 1900 - 1939, compared to American developments. The book has a foundation chapter on 'ethics' showing how UK Quaker companies, like Rowntree and Cadbury, set examples in 'corporate responsibility' in that era, many of which are relevant today. Other chapters cover policy-making, organisational theory and bureaucracy.

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'The Role of Business in Alleviating Poverty'
ed. by Dr. Madhav Mehra, Chapter 15 by Dr Rosamund Thomas,
MM Publishing, 2006 ISBN
0-9542538-4
 'Human Rights for Businesses and their Role in Alleviating Poverty' Chapter 4 by Rosamund Thomas, the Icfai University Press, Hyderabad, India, 2008. NEW: 1st edn. March 2011 'Business Ethics' examines ethical issues...ISBN 978-1-871891-04-1 (printed book), ISBN 978-1-871891-13-3 (ebook pdf), ISBN 978-1-871891-14-0 (epub)

This new book is an exciting and innovative set of ten chapters from distinguished authors, who draw upon their knowledge and experience of ethics theories and practices concerning the United Kingdom, the USA, India, Nigeria and other territories
   
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Corporate Governance and Anti-Bribery: Critical Board and Company Secretary Issues by Dr Rosamund Thomas, Ethics International Press, 2013 ISBN 978-1-871891-15-7
Environmental Ethics Re-Visited ed. By Dr Rosamund Thomas, Ethics International Press, 2014 ISBN 978-1-871891-12-6
Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility: Cambridge - Gourlay - Trinity Lectures Ethics International Press, 2015 ISBN 978-1-871891-20-1

The latest research findings on Board developments and the role/work of the Company Secretary in a UK quoted company are found in this 60-page leading edge book. Available from the Centre, email info@ethicscentre.org for more information.

The Bhopal Gas tragedy saga is brought up-to-date to 2014 in this publication regarding what is happening about the ongoing toxic waste at the site. Theoretical views on nature and eco-ethics are also expounded - with case-studies - by two leading Spanish professors. Available from the Centre, email info@ethicscentre.org

Eight original lectures given by Dr Rosamund Thomas in Melbourne, Australia under the Gourlay Visiting Professorship.info@ethicscentre.org


 

Journal and Newspaper Publications

Centre for Business and Public Sector Ethics also publishes its research findings in a range of Journals such as:-

In The Black, CPA Australia Journal, Feb 2015, including an interview with Dr Rosamund Thomas by Susan Muldowney

Quality Times: A Journal of the Institute of Directors, India, Nov. 2014

Corresponsables Journal, Spain, No. 28, 2012

Corresponsables Journal, Spain, No. 28, 2012

Stakeholders Journal, Peru, Vol. 41, 2012

Stakeholders Journal, Peru, Vol. 41, 2012

London Accountant Journal, Nov/Dec 2011

London Accountant Journal, Nov/Dec 2011

La Vanguardia Spanish Newspaper, 7 December 2010

   

The New York Suit Online Magazine Issue  39, December 2010, p 34

The New York Suit Online Magazine Issue  39, December 2010, p 34

International Journal: Corporate Governance Vol. 5. No. 3 2005

Spanish publication on Corporate Social Responsibility, 2002.

International Review
of Sociology, March 2002.

Journal of Administrative Behaviour and Administrative Culture,
June 2001.

Public Integrity Journal published by ASPA, USA, Summer 2001.

European Commission
Environmental Education and training in Europe,
published 2000.

The Journal of Brand Management, January 1999.

     
     

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