10th Strathmore Ethics Conference: Ethics and Business
Ethics or lack of it necessarily affects business outputs, processes and operations in todays public and private organisations, a key point that resonated with all speakers at the Annual Strathmore Ethics Conference, 24th-25th October, 2013. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Ethics conference has strived to make a concrete and specific contribution to the inculcation of ethics in various spheres of society including business, politics, governance, education among others. By bringing together people from diverse backgrounds, such as policy makers, journalists, businessmen, and educators the Ethics Conference, has for the last ten years provided a platform of scholarly and practical discussions on thematic aspects in ethics.
This years Conference was indeed very well attended. While welcoming the guests to Strathmore University, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Izael Da Silva, pointed out that the Ethics Conference is a but a small contribution the University makes towards creating awareness in society for all to strive to integrate ethical practices in their businesses, for a positive impact in Kenyas economy.
Hon. Adan Mohammed, Cabinet Secretary for Industrialization and Enterprise Development
In his remarks, key guest Hon. Adan Mohammed, EBS, Cabinet Secretary for Industrialization and Enterprise Development and former Group Managing Director Barclays Bank, pointed out that progress so far as awareness of ethical considerations is concerned is commendable due to the integrated and concerted efforts made by government, non-governmental and private institutions, both in policy, laws and also in practice. He urged all employees to be ethical in business even when no-one is watching.
Jeremy Awori, Chairman, Kenya Bankers Association
Bob Collymore, CEO Safaricom reiterated Safaricom has a zero tolerance policy on corrupt practices and that indeed organisations have come a long way in entrenching ethics in business operations for sustainability. He mentioned that only recently, Safaricom had to let go of a number of employees engaged in fraudulent practices. He emphasized on the need for openness and admission for failures as an enabler for corrective measures to take place.
Brenda Mbathi, Group Corporate Relations Director, EABL
Dr Luis Franceschi, Dean, Strathmore Law School
The Conference had diverse presentations covering various thematic areas such as, the Challenge of Combating a Culture of Corruption, Counterfeit and Fraud Prevention, Ethics in Devolved State, Value Driven Transformational Leadership, and Celebrating a Culture of Ethics. Presenters were also drawn from diverse sectors including, Kenya Association of Manufacturers, CEO, Ms. Betty Maina, Jeremy Awori, MD Barclays Bank, Kenya; Tobias Konyango, KRA; Elijah Achoch, CEO Kenya Police Service Commission; Julie Gichuru, Royal Media Services; Dr. Julius Kipngetich, Equity Bank; Peter Den Hoek, BASF East Africa; Martin Oduor Otieno, Deloitte; Nils Tcheyan among many others.