|A Brief History of IBE
The Institute of Business Ethics was founded in 1986.
The IBE was founded by Neville Cooper with other business leaders as an organisation to support business people to maintain the principle, ‘my word is my bond’. It was launched at the Mansion House on the day after the Big Bang in November 1986 with an appeal by the then Lord Mayor. Originally, it operated as a fund within the Christian Association of Business Executives (CABE), a registered charity established in 1938 to promote the study and application of Christian moral principles in the conduct of business.
In 2000, the Institute obtained separate charitable status; its charitable article being "to advance public education in business ethics and related subjects with particular reference to the study and application of ethical standards in the management and conduct of industry and business generally in the United Kingdom and elsewhere".
Since its founding 25 years ago, the IBE has published over 50 books on business ethics topics; conducted surveys on the use of codes of ethics within companies; developed training programmes in business ethics, from induction programmes to the board room; worked with academics and business schools to promote the study of business ethics within MBA and business studies courses; and offered advice and support to business ethics practitioners and their companies. The IBE also holds events under the Chatham House Rule so that ethical issues which organisations commonly face may be discussed, and this has helped drive the work programme of the Institute.
In 2011 the IBE celebrated its 25th anniversary. The IBE commissioned 25 thought leaders to comment on the challenges and opportunities which businesses trying to 'do things ethically' can expect in the next 25 years. The resulting publication 25 on 25 can be downloaded here>> or please contact our offices for a presentation copy.
You can download a chart of our activities here >>
And view examples of our international reach here>>
The most recent Trustees' Annual Report & Accounts is available here
IBE is an accredited GoodCorporation. You can view a summary of our GoodCorporation assessment here >>