12th -14th April 2012 / Istanbul



Background to the Conference

The global financial system and the corporate world is accused of having the deficiency in ethics in their operations, and therefore lack of ethics is considered as one of the main reason of the global financial and corporate crises. While the financial crisis and corporate failures have diverted our attention to the importance of ethics, ethics in the form of business ethics and corporate social responsibility (CSR) has been debated since 1960s. In particular the notion that the main aim of a corporation is to maximize the return to its shareholders is changing, as in current times society demands that the business in general and corporate sector in particular to pay attention and work towards its positive impact on the community and environment in which they operate.  To respond to this change, many corporations even now issuing CSR Report to identify their contribution to the society at large.

CSR is defined as the commitment of business in general to contribute to sustainable economic development, working with employees with their families, but also with other stakeholders such as the local community and society at large to improve quality of life in individual, social and organizational levels, in ways that are optimal for business and society.

In line with the changes have taken place in the perception of the business towards, undeniably the field of business ethics has grown and the related perceptions have changed. In recent years corporations are expected to embrace more sustainable and responsible management ethics through brining about positive change in society. However, despite iterating the words business ethics, the more the reference made to the words the worst the performance of business has been in most part of the world.  This is particularly evident in the endless corporate failures and scandals.  Thus, a new business paradigm which endogenises business ethics and social responsibility is essential for a better future and society.  Such a paradigm is expected to be more human and paying more attention to human development in organization and larger level, more socially and environmentally conscious, more inspiring, more spiritual, more successful in the longterm.

While there has been little positive developments have taken place in business ethics and social responsibility nexus in recent years in responding to the change taking place; some considers that ‘ethics’ is used as a façade to justify unethical behaviour.  However, ‘business ethics’ still remain an important organizational and individual behavioural norm to be developed with the objective of maintaining a fine balance between the realities of market and the unbearable reality of making a positive contribution to the general welfare of the society including the employees and natural environment.

This conference aims to bring all those various positions together to debate aspirations and realities in relation to business ethics and social responsibility by providing forum for academics, researchers, scholars, managers, entrepreneurs and business executives to share their research and knowledge empirically or discursively in relation to the changing and expected dynamics of business ethics and CSR.