Understanding Business Ethics

05 Oct 2020 | (times tbc) | Online

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This online training course is essential for those wishing to think practically about business ethics. Together, we will look at what influences people's decisions - why good people might end up doing bad things - and we will discuss practical ways in which your organisation can promote the desired behaviours. 

We will help you to build the case internally for investing time and resources in your ethics programme and we will discuss with you some ethical dilemmas that will address important ethical challenges.

The course is based on good practice established through the IBE’s research and expertise. It is designed to be interactive; we will provide plenty of opportunity for you to discuss and share ideas with us and with your peers.

What topics will be covered in the course:
•       What is business ethics?
•       Why is managing business ethics important?
•       How do people make decisions?
•       How can organisations support ethical decision-making?
•       What is the role of senior leaders?

At the end of the course, participants can request a certificate of completion.


Prof. Chris Cowton

Associate Director (Research),Institute of Business Ethics

Guendalina (Guen) Dondé

Head of Research,Institute of Business Ethics


Further Information

How will the course work online?

This course will run in two parts.

On Demand Training

In part one, participants will work through our course materials in their own time and pace via a restricted area of our website. You will have 24/7 access to the course from 05 October 2020 to 22 October 2020 in order to complete the content. Each module includes video content, individual assignments and group discussions to complete and submit to our trainers. 

You will have the ability to go back and review the content within the set period detailed above and can learn on the go with mobile access. You will receive support from our trainers and events team within our usual office hours and have access to the UBE discussion board to engage with others.

Live Interactive Session

In part two, participants will conclude the course by joining our trainers for a two hour live online interactive session on 22 October 2020 (10:00 - 12:00). The session will be an opportunity to discuss some practical ethical dilemmas with the rest of the group, learn more from the trainers and ask any remaining questions.  

Who is this course for?

Whilst this course is open to everyone, the following groups will find it particularly beneficial:

  • New members of departments with responsibility for corporate ethics
  • Employees, and particularly managers, not employed in the ethics function who want to understand how organisations can put ethical commitments into practice
  • Ethics ambassadors who want to develop a wider understanding of business ethics from outside their organisation
  • Experienced ethics function leaders seeking a refresher or who have never had structured ethics training
  • Senior managers and board members requiring an understanding of business ethics
  • Academics looking for a practical application of their knowledge
How long will the course take to complete?

We estimate that the whole course (parts one and two) will take approximately 5½ hours to complete.


Booking Guide

How to book training
To make a booking you will need to...
Register for a free online profile

To register for this training you will need to create an online profile, to do so please complete the registration form.

Once you have completed this registration form you will receive a welcome email to activate your profile. This process includes setting your password and selecting your mailing preferences in the first time login form. Setting up your profile will enable you to receive IBE newsletters, purchase publications, book events, as well as register for this training.

Already have an online profile?

If you already have a profile but cannot remember your password please request to set your password - you will then receive a link to do so via email. Once you have set your password you will be able to login and register for this course.

Please email events@ibe.org.uk if you have any trouble accessing, or setting up your profile.

What happens next...

Once you have booked a ticket you will receive your joining information. 

We look forward to you joining our online training, and we hope you stay safe and well. Please note that when attending our online training, your Health & Safety is your responsibility.

Training prices

Regular prices:
•    £650.00 Standard
•    £550.00 IBE Supporters

However, we are offering a special early bird discount until 21 September 2020:
•    £550.00 Standard
•    £450.00 IBE Supporters

Prices include parts 1 and 2 of the online training course.

Payment in full must be received and cleared before the start of the training course (05 October 2020). We accept payment by credit/debit card via SagePay.

Cancellation policy
  • Cancellations must be submitted in writing to events@ibe.org.uk
  • Refund policy:
    • Cancellations received in writing more than one week before the course/event: full refund (any refunds will be made against the card used for purchase)
    • Cancellations received less than one week before the course/event: no refund
  • Non-payment or non-attendance does not constitute cancellation and the full fee will be forfeited
  • If you would like to transfer to a different course/event, we will be happy to help. However if you transfer less than one week before the course/event date, the full fee will be forfeit. You may only transfer once per booking. If you cancel after transferring, the fee paid will be forfeited
  • Substitutions may be made at any date
Chatham House Rule

To encourage frank discussion amongst participants and the open sharing of ideas and experiences, all IBE events take place under the Chatham House Rule unless stated otherwise. 

This means that participants are free to use the information received but neither the identity nor affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.