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2009 Parliament

Business Ethics Series

A New Ethical Manifesto for the Global Economy

Mon 7th Dec; 9:30am; Room 202

The renowned theologian and philosopher, Dr. Hans Kung, President of the Global Ethic Foundation, will present the newly launched manifesto titled 'Global Economic Ethic' Consequences for Global Businesses. Coming in the aftermath of the worst global financial crisis in seventy years, the manifesto aims at laying out a 'common fundamental vision of what is legitimate, just and fair' in economic activities. First signatories include former President of Ireland and former U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson; Jonathan Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University; and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu, Anglican Archbishop emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa. Building on the 1993 Parliament of World Religion's Declaration Towards a Global Ethic, 'the manifesto outlines five universally acceptable principles and values: the principle of humanity; non-violence and respect for life; justice and solidarity; honesty and tolerance; and mutual esteem and partnership.

Dr Dipak C Jain has been dean of the Kellogg School of Management since 2001. His career in education began as a student in Tezpur, northeast India. He earned his Master's Degree in Mathematical Statistics from Gauhati University in India and his PhD in Marketing from the University of Texas. Since 1989, Dean Jain has also been a visiting professor of marketing at the Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.

Dr. Hans Küng is an internationally known Christian theologian and president of the Global Ethic Foundation of Tubingen University. He has published over fifty titles, including The Beginning of All Things 'Science and Religion, Islam: Past, Present and Future and a manifesto; Global Economic Ethic 'Consequences for Global Businesses. Dr. Küng lives and teaches in Tubingen, Germany.

Peter Hollingworth, AC , OBE is an Australian Anglican bishop, who has contributed to Christian social ethics for decades, especially through his work and published writings on poverty in Australia. He served as the Archbishop of Brisbane for 11 years before becoming the 23rd Governor- General of Australia from 2001 until 2003.

Reflections on the Global Financial Crisis

Mon 7th Dec; 11:30am; Room 105

While nation-states, corporations and international monetary institutions struggle to restructure the global economy in light of the recent financial crisis, there are voices calling for attention to be given to ethical – even religious – dimensions of the new paradigm needed to insure just and fair practices in the future. What elements of the recent crisis bring ethical concerns to the forefront? What is the appropriate role for religion – if any – in the discussion? How do global challenges such as poverty, the environment, and climate change, figure in the emerging economic and moral calculus? Using the innovative "agora forum" technique, this discussion will provide Dr. Hans Küng, senior business leaders, and Parliament participants all a "seat at the table" in this vitally important conversation.

Dr. Hans Küng is an internationally known Christian theologian and president of the Global Ethic Foundation of Tubingen University. He has published over fifty titles, including The Beginning of All Things 'Science and Religion, Islam: Past, Present and Future and a manifesto; Global Economic Ethic 'Consequences for Global Businesses. Dr. Küng lives and teaches in Tubingen, Germany.

Steve Killelea is Chairman and Founder of , Integrated Research Ltd; The Charitable Foundation; Global Peace Index; Institute for Economics and Peace. Steve is an accomplished entrepreneur in high technology business development and at the forefront of philanthropic activities focused on sustainable development and peace.

Katherine Marshall is a Senior Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and Visiting Professor in the Government Department and the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. She leads the Berkley Center's work on faith-inspired institutions. Katherine's work in development involves a series of regional background papers and consultations with academics and practitioners and a series of reviews of development topics.

Dr Simon Longstaff was inaugural President of The Australian Association for Professional & Applied Ethics and is a Director of a number of companies. He is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum and a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Foreign Policy Association, based in New York. His first book, Hard Cases, Tough Choices was published in 1997. He is currently preparing a second on the role of conscience.

Has Economics Triumphed Over Ethics?

Mon 7th Dec; 2:30pm; Room 103

Recently a non-profit organization in Australia felt compelled to appeal for corporate sponsorship support on the following basis: domestic violence was bad for the economy, rather than that it was ethically wrong and harmful to individuals, families and society. How does this anecdote illustrate an evolving shift in the role of ethical considerations in the economic marketplace? Has this shift been a factor in the recent global financial crisis? What broadly shared values are needed if the global community is going to make progress to a more just, peaceful and sustainable world? What is the role of religion and spirituality in promoting human values and in partnering with the corporate and business sector in pursuing mutual aims? Dr. Hans Küng joins with senior business leaders in an "agora forum" discussion on the ethical implications of recent trends in global economic dynamics.

Dr. Hans Küng is an internationally known Christian theologian and president of the Global Ethic Foundation of Tubingen University. He has published over fifty titles, including The Beginning of All Things 'Science and Religion, Islam: Past, Present and Future and a manifesto; Global Economic Ethic 'Consequences for Global Businesses. Dr. Küng lives and teaches in Tubingen, Germany.

Steve Killelea is Chairman and Founder of , Integrated Research Ltd; The Charitable Foundation; Global Peace Index; Institute for Economics and Peace. Steve is an accomplished entrepreneur in high technology business development and at the forefront of philanthropic activities focused on sustainable development and peace.

Simon McKeon is Executive Chairman of Macquarie Bank Limited's Melbourne office and specialises in mergers and acquisitions. He has degrees in Law and Commerce from the University of Melbourne and prior to joining Macquarie Bank, Simon practised as a solicitor with Blake Dawson Waldron in Sydney. He is Chairman of MYOB Limited and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mr McKeon is also Chair of MS Research Australia and founding Chair of Melbourne Cares. He is on the Board of VisionFund which is responsible for World Vision International's micro economic development activities

Dr Simon Longstaff was inaugural President of The Australian Association for Professional & Applied Ethics and is a Director of a number of companies. He is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum and a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Foreign Policy Association, based in New York. His first book, Hard Cases, Tough Choices was published in 1997. He is currently preparing a second on the role of conscience.

Jonathan Wenig is a Partner at Arnold Bloch Leibler Lawyers in Melbourne. He practises in commercial and corporate law and has broad experience in many aspects of commercial practice, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate work, technology and financing. He has provided strategic commercial advice to major Australian and overseas corporations across a range of industry sectors, including banking, technology, health, manufacturing and retail.

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