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.

Responding to a request made by members of the Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy (TIGE) organising committee, the Vatican has called for the world community to create an inclusive economy, based on a market economy, animated by a pluralistic entrepreneurship and guided by principles of social justice and generosity.

The level of top boardroom pay needs to come under scrutiny and be as much a ‘buzzword’ as ‘ethics’, says a new report by the UK's Institute of Business Ethics. Forbes Magazine recently carried the following article:

Monsignor Stefano Ottani, presbytery of a Catholic Church in Bologna, Italy, delivered a poignant message from the Church's social doctrine. Ottani pointed out the need to put the economy back in its rightful place. He reminded us that, etymologically, ‘profit’ means do (fit) for (pro), i.e. 'acting for the benefit of’. ‘Profit must therefore benefit people, it must serve them.’ 

Belgian economist Bernard Lietaer calls for a missing link between money and sustainability and British business author Mark Goyder sees stewardship as key to long-term sustainability.

Describing himself as a 'can do' person, Robert MacGregor, from Minneapolis, Minnesota, told the Caux TIGE conference last night how he had been instrumental in launching the Caux Round Table Principles for Business 20 years ago.

What roles do integrity and trust in the economy play in our daily lives? This was the question discussed at the morning of the plenary session of the Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy (TIGE) conference at Caux, Switzerland.

Guya Merkle, a speaker at this year’s Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy (TIGE) conference in Caux, Switzerland, shares her remarkable story of working to inspire the gold industry to be ethical.

At the TIGE conference 'there is no prescription, it will be more of a discovery'

Whistleblowing is not for the faint-hearted. A riveted Greencoat Forum audience listened to two courageous whistleblowers prepared to speak out against their organisations. Their stories illustrate the challenges whistleblowers face when trying to do the right thing. The problem is that the law can only take you so far. So what recourse of action and support is there for victims brave enough to blow the whistle?

Folker Mittag, who has been part of the Caux Initiatives for Business (CIB) since 2005, and his wife Monica, were the key speakers at a Pit Stop Event in Augsburg/Germany on 8 and 9 May.


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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