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Sixth annual conference on Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy held in Caux, Switzerland

The sixth annual conference on Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy (TIGE) was held at the international conference centre of Initiatives of Change in Caux, Switzerland, from 13 to 19 July 2013. A highlight of the conference was the visit of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, who gave the closing keynote address. (See report below.) As well as daily plenary sessions, four work stream discussion groups each met over four days to share experiences and insights. These were on: Heart of Effective Leadership (HEL); leading change for a sustainable world (including food and sustainability); initiatives for a new economy; and leadership and civil society. The reports below, highlighting keynote speakers, give a picture of the whole conference. A 32-page conference report will be available soon.

On 15 March the Richmond Times Dispatch published an article by Mike Smith, Head of Business Programmes for Initiatives of Change UK, headlined 'Trust and integrity in the global economy', across five columns on its Op-ed page. The strap headline reads: 'Building a Sustainable Future'. The out-take beneath the headline reads: 'I find in Richmond an integrity of purpose in the city's determination to come to terms with its history in order to build a future on a sound basis of trust.'

Do the green shoots of economic recovery indicate it's business as usual or is today's business community at risk of falling backwards into deepening recession and social instability? Business has to take responsibility for today's economic recession, where a need for changing attitudes and the way business is done, were the key messages presented by Peter Brew at a business forum, IofC London headquarters, on 4 February.

The report gives a comprehensive look of every aspect the conference, which happenend from 7-11 November 2014 at Asia Plateau, Initiatives of Change conference centre in Panchgani, India.

Participants from around the world joined to discuss the popular conversation of ‘Business Beyond the Bottom line’ at the fifth international biennial Caux Initiatives for Business conference in India.. The world is gradually moving into an era of greater socially minded business practices – ethical leadership, values in business, long-term sustainability, corporate social responsibility and social enterprises are becoming hotly discussed topics.

Monday afternoon marked the conclusion of the fifth international conference of Caux Initiatives for Business (CIB). Over 150 delegates and speakers from over 20 countries, including Denmark, Germany, Kenya, Lebanon, Malaysia, Norway, Romania, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and United States, attended the five-day event at Asia Plateau, organised by Initiatives of Change (IofC)—India and Japan.

The second day, 8 November 2013, of the fifth international conference of Caux Initiatives for Business (CIB) saw a solemn beginning. Serenaded by chirping birds, more than 50 participants sat in a circle around a lamp to offer prayers from their respective faiths—followers of Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Tibetan Buddhism and Zoroastrianism sang hymns, poems and chants in different languages, from Hindi and Bengali to Swahili and English.

'Being ethical, you succeed and sustainably succeed,' affirmed Mr B Muthuraman, Vice Chairman of Tata Steel and Chairman of Tata International, while inaugurating the fifth international biennial conference of Caux Initiatives for Business (CIB) at Asia Plateau, Panchgani on Thursday 7 November 2013.

London’s City Values Forum launches new initiatives to embed integrity in financial services

Read the Caux Conferences reports here

A high-profile panel of speakers discussed Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy (TIGE) at the second TIGERoadshow, held in Sheffield on 12 September. Report by Jiawen Zhou

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Caux Initiatives for Business (CIB) encourages business leaders, young professionals, NGO representatives, trade unionists, experts and decision makers to work together to bridge the gap between the theory and practice of values - in personal conduct and in economic life.

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