Enduring Values for Volatile Times: Ethics and Society

Enduring Values for Volatile Times: Ethics and Society

The Centre for Ethical Leadership together with the University of Queensland and the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law are pleased to present a breakfast seminar discussing the place of ethics in modern society, business and organisational culture. 


  • Mark Hutchinson, former CEO and President, GE Europe, and prior to that, CEO, GE China

  • Dr David W. Miller, Director, Faith & Work Initiative, and Professional Specialist in Ethics, Princeton University

  • Peter Collins, Director, Centre for Ethical Leadership, leadership coach and podcaster on the Big Grapple

  • Olivia Brown, former co-COO of M&A for Goldman Sachs (Australia and New Zealand).


The reach of the financial crisis during the 2007–2008 subprime-mortgage disaster remains difficult to overstate. The domino effect and eventual toll on governments, global and domestic financial systems, social institutions, communities, families and individuals has proven historic. The catastrophe left many questioning how such a thing could have happened. Who and what ideology were at fault? Or was this some inevitable outcome of late capitalism? Amidst all the finger pointing and posturing of “moral outrage”, an interesting body of literature surfaced questioning the role of business schools within the crisis, suggesting that the way business students are taught may have contributed to the most serious economic crisis in decades. This naturally led to many discussions about the place of ethics within business school and undergraduate curricula.

At this event, Dr David Miller – Citigroup’s on-call ethicist since 2014 – will facilitate panel discussions exploring views on business ethics from the perspectives of business leader, consumer, professor and student. Panellists will discuss what business ethics means in these volatile times and why it is important. Is it part of law and regulations, organisational culture, a norm of group and individual behaviour or religion? What are the large companies doing to build business ethics? How do they navigate when something goes wrong? How do we embed “ethics” in an organisation’s culture and why is shared responsibility important?

You are invited to join us in this insightful and thought-provoking conversation. Places are limited and registration is essential.