Institute for Business Ethics

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The Institute for Business Ethics is an English registered charity which was established in 1986. It describes its purpose as "to encourage high standards of business behaviour based on ethical values."[1]

The Institute is headed by senior officials from energy and oil companies, PR companies and a variety of other multinational companies. It is also served by an advisory group which consists of a variety of other corporate officials. It receives its funding through subscriptions from corporate and individual subscribers: In 2009, it lists over 100 companies as subscribers, which the Institute acts on behalf of. This includes many companies which have attracted criticism for their ethics and controversial practices, along with PR companies which provide services to manage the reputations of their member companies.

The activities of the Institute are described in 6 broad categories: Advisory; Events; Research & Publications; Training; Education; Advocacy[2].

The large corporations which subscribe meet quarterly to network as part of the Institutes 'Business Ethics Network'. Events include a variety of meetings, workshops and meetings. Some of the events are open to all subscribers, with others accessable by invitation only. The companies which subscribe also benefit from the advocacy provide by the Institute on behalf of their subscribers which includes dialogue with the media, government and NGO's. Research undertaken includes 'surveys on public perception of business ethics' which is available to the companies. Such information could be used by a company's PR department as a valuable resource in creating the right image for the company, without necessarily fundamentally altering its practice.



In 2009, the Institute for Business Ethics lists their Trustees as[3]:

  • Tim Cullen. In 1999 Cullen established policy management firm Tim Cullen Associates (TCA), which he continues to serve in the role of Managing Director alongside fellow executive Senior Associate Paul Fisher who joined them from PR giant Ketchum. Prior to this Cullen served as Senior Advisor for External and United Nations Affairs at the World Bank (he joined the World Bank in 1978). His biography describes how his involvements with the World Bank ranged from 'the effort to transform the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe to market economies to the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992'. He also worked in the PR offices with Ford Motor Company Ltd, was Public Affairs Counsellor for Ford Export Corporation and was International Public Affairs Administrator with Continental Bank. In 2009 he is described as being a Commissioner on the Financial Supervision Commission of the Isle of Man Government, an Associate Fellow and Director of the Oxford Programme on Negotiation at the Saïd Business School (a programme he established in 2002) and a Executive Director of the Small Countries Financial Management Centre[4]
  • Martin Le Jeune. Le Jeune is co-founder of communications firm Open Road which was declared Winner of Best New Consultancy at the Public Affairs News Awards and was nominated for New Consultancy of the Year at PRWeek Awards in 2008[5]. Le Jeune previous involvements include serving as head of Public Affairs at Sky, as board director and Head of Corporate Responsibility at Fishburn Hedges, as a civil servant in the Cabinet Office and as Head of Public Policy at NatWest[6].

Advisory Council

In 2009 IBE's Advisory Council are listed as[10]:

Other council members have included:


Corporate Subscribers

In 2009, Corporate Subscribers to the Institute are listed as[13]:

3i | ACCA | Airbus | Airwave | Allied Irish Bank | Anglo American | APM Group | Areva | Association of British Insurers | Association of MBAs | BAE Systems | Balfour Beatty | Bank of England | Barclays Bank plc | Belron | BG Group | Borealis | BP | British American Tobacco | BSI | Cable & Wireless | Cadbury | Camelot | CCLA Investment Management | Centrica | Chartered Insurance Institute | Chartered Institute of Management Accountants | Chartered Institute of Marketing | Chartered Management Institute | Chemical Industries Association | Corus | De La Rue | Deloitte & Touche | Diageo | The D Group | Eisai | Electrical Safety Council | Ernst & Young | Ethical Solutions Invisicom SC | Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation | Expolink | ExxonMobil | F&C Asset Management | Financial Reporting Council | Gallaher Ltd | GlaxoSmithKline | GoodCorporation | HSBC | ICCSR, Nottingham Business School | Imperial Tobacco | Institute of Actuaries | Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales | Institute of Directors | Institute of Internal Auditors | Intrelate | Itex | KPMG | Legal & General | Lloyds TSB | Lloyds of London | Lockheed Martin | Lonmin plc | L'Oreal | LRN | Man Group | Mayer Brown | National Grid | Nestlé UK Ltd | Nomura | Norton Rose | Pentland | Pfizer | PricewaterhouseCoopers | Prudential | Reassurance Network | Remote Asset Management | Rolls Royce | Royal Bank of Scotland | Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors | RWE npower | SAB Miller | SAI Global Compliance | Schroders | Securities & Investment Institute | Serious Fraud Office | SEGRO | Serco | Severn Trent | Shell | Simmons & Simmons | Smiths Group | Standard Life | Stephenson Harwood | Syngenta | Telefonica O2 Europe | Thales | Total | UBS Investment Bank | Virtuous Circle | Wolseley | Yell


Institute of Business Ethics
24 Greencoat Place
London SW1P 1BE


  1. Institute for Business Ethics Welcome Accessed 7th August 2009
  2. Institute for Business Ethics Activities Accessed 7th August 2009
  3. Institute of Business Ethics Trustees Accessed 4th August 2009
  4. Tim Cullen Associates Who We Are Accessed 4th August 2009
  5. Open Road Home Accessed 4th August 2009
  6. Open Road Our Team Accessed 4th August 2009
  7. Capita Symonds Capita Symonds appoints Archie Robertson 4th June 2009. Accessed 4th August 2009
  8. Autotrader Autotalk 6th June 2007. Accessed 4th August 2009
  9. Capita Symonds Capita Symonds appoints Archie Robertson 4th June 2009. Accessed 4th August 2009
  10. Institute for Business Ethics Council Accessed 4th August 2009
  11. Institute of Business Ethics Who We Are Archive accessed 4th August 2009
  12. Institute of Business Ethics Who We Are Archive accessed 4th August 2009
  13. Institute for Business Ethics Subscribers:Our corporate and associate subscribers Accessed 7th August 2009