IGE and the Center for Professional Responsibility in Business and Society share the mission of improving society by encouraging ethical behavior within large organizations. Gray and Winter agree that by teaming up, each organization would benefit from the other’s training and educational strategies because, although they share a goal, they differ in approach: while IGE focuses on organizational training, the Center works to ensure that business students are familiar with ethical principles before they even enter the workforce.
To Gray, it would be a natural partnership. “The time has come for the Applied Ethics landscape to change,” he said. “We are all rowing toward the same end, a more ethical society, so it just makes good sense that from time to time, we team up and see how far we can row together.”
Winter also sees the potential benefits. “I am enthusiastic about the potential collaboration and I look forward to our next steps together,” she said. “I am certain that our two groups can advance society’s understanding and appreciation of professional responsibility principles.”
The interdisciplinary Center for Professional Responsibility in Business and Society (http://www.business.illinois.edu/
In order to communicate these goals to the next generation, Winter has focused on imparting notions of responsible professional behavior to today’s students, knowledge which will empower them to become effective leaders in fast-paced, often challenging business environments. To further spread its message, the Center also supports the creation and sharing of academic research and educational materials that demonstrate the value of conducting business professionally as to serve the broader public interest. (www.business.illinois.edu/
About IGE: Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Rockport, ME, the Institute for Global Ethics is an independent, nonsectarian, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide practical tools to build ethical fitness and cultures of integrity at home, at school, in the workplace, and in society. (www.globalethics.org)