The Search for Universal Ethics

International Symposium on Ethics, Business and Society

10/05/2012 Barcelona

The rise of globalization and cultural diversity have given the topic of universal ethics unprecedented importance in the business world. With this in mind, IESE will host the 17th International Symposium on Ethics, Business and Society on the school's campus in Barcelona on May 14-15. The theme of the event is "Universal Ethics, Cultural Diversity and Globalization."

The conference will bring together scholars and business leaders to discuss research on topics related to universal ethics and its relationship with cultural globalization. IESE´s Dean Jordi Canals and Prof. Domènec Melé, chairman of the symposium, will open the 2-day event.
Among other topics, this year's conference will explore the search for common values and standards in business, while preserving fundamental human rights. Article 1 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, for example, states that "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act toward one another in a spirit of brotherhood."

The IESE International Symposium on Ethics, Business and Society seeks to promote interdisciplinary discussion on many of the most vital ethical issues facing the business community today. The symposium takes place every two years and brings together leading academics from multiple disciplines and senior business executives to exchange ideas and experiences, reflect on current ethical challenges, and give impetus to the deeper integration of ethics with economics and business.