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 Equal in an Unequal World:

The Value of Values in Responsible Business

Global Conference, 3-5 January 2014, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore


Day One




Opening Ceremony



Devanath Tirupati, Director, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

Walter Fust, President Globethics.net



Keynote Address

Equal in an Unequal World- What are the current and future dimensions of inequality on national and global levels, and how are they interrelated with the various aspects of sustainable development?

Sachin Plot, Minister of Corporate Affairs, India (invited)



Panel discussion

Equal in an Unequal World

Perspectives from business, international organisations and environmental agencies

S.D. Shibulal CEO and Co-founder, Infosys, India

Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus, Tata Sons/Tata Trusts, India (invited)

Mervyn King, Chair IIRC, South Africa/Global Jayati Ghosh, professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Bao Ziran, Senior expert, Center for Environmental Education and Communications of Ministry of Environment and Protection, China


Networking break 



Panel discussion

Equality and Diversity in Business Relations BRICS-Africa: How much equality and how much inequality? The Value of ValuesWhat are the mechanisms for minimising inequality? What is the role of ethics in business, public sector, NGOs, academic research in BRICS countries?

Liu Baocheng, Director, Center for International Business Ethics, UIBE, China

Deon Rossouw, Ethics Institute of South Africa, South Africa

Kumud Srinivasan, President, Intel India

Aurélien Atidegla, Dynamique OSCAF, Africa

Alexander Ageev, Director, Institute for Economic Strategies, Russia;

Klaus Leisinger, Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development, Switzerland



Presentation of Globethics.net “My Choice for Equality” campaign

Video made and presented by members of youth leadership initiatives and other participants in the campaign






Tackling the Economic Dimension of Inequality – challenges, opportunities, and way forward Workgroup sessions - four parallel workgroups with one chairperson and one rapporteur per group


W1: Gender equality

Priva Rajeev, research gender ethics, Chennai, India

Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, investigative journalist, India

Le Ping, Deputy director, Research Institute of Globalization and China's Modernization, UIBE, China

Afua B Ansre, UN Women Africa


W2: The role of financial markets for equality


, Financial Advisor to PM, India (invited)

Representative, African Development Bank (invited)

Maximilian Martin, Director, Impact Economy, Switzerland(invited)


W3: Sharing economy: Cooperatives, social enterprises, anarchic enterprises, microfinance


Patrick Nickisch, Jain Institute for Relative Economics, Ladnun

Sudha Reddy, Right and Responsibility Collective, India/Nepal

P D Jose, IIMB, India: sharing economy

Zheng Zhihai, Former president, researcher, Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation  (CAITEC) of MOFCOM

Arnold Smit, BEN Africa


W4: Transparency in religious organisations and NGOs

Jacob Belly, the Pastors Association, Church of South India

Fredrik Galtung, Integrity Action, UK/Global

Samuel Kobia, Africa, Special Envoy South Sudan, World Council of Churches


Networking break



Good Practices Corporate Cases     4-6 parallel Q&A sessions - live interviews with a panel of sponsoring companies and SMEs.


Cultural programme and cocktail

Video address HH Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Art of Living

Messages from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas

Day Two




Tackling the Social, Environmental and Spiritual Dimension of Inequality – challenges, opportunities, and way forward 

Workgroup sessions - four parallel workgroups with one chairperson and one rapporteur per group


W5 Equal access to natural resources

Perspectives from India, Africa, China

Sunita Narain, New Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment (invited)

Nnimmo Bassey, Executive Director, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (invited)

Nigussu Legesse, Programme Executive Regional Relations Africa, WCC

Liu Dexi, Professor, Institute for international studies party school of the central committee of the communist party of China (IISS CCPS), China

Yin Shoupeng, Chairman, Beijing Jiahewuxian Science & Technology Co., LTD, China


W6 Holistic business education to overcome inequality


Anders Aspling, Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative GRLI, Belgium/Global

Vasanthi Srinivasan, IIMB

Deon Rossouw, Ethics Institute of South Africa, South Africa

Shu Wen, Director, Future Leadership Department, Student CSR Association, UIBE, China


W7 Spirituality for sustainability


Sanju Mukkerji, IIM Shillong, India (Hindu)

Cui Wantian, Shenyang/China (Christian)

Evgeni Morozov, referent to His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill, Russia (Orthodox Christian)  

Parichart Suwanbubbha, Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol, Thailand (Buddhist)


W8 Innovation ethics: innovation for and with the marginalised and for sustainability


Herman Hesse, entrepreneur, Ghana

Christoph Stuekelberger, Globethics.net

Tian Yike, EMBA Advisor, Peking University, China

Ganesh Natan, Professor Innovation Ethics, Switzerland

Representative, innovation laboratory, Bangalore


Networking break



How can equality be improved – practical tools and cross-sector collaboration

Workgroup sessions - four parallel workgroups with one chairperson and one rapporteur per group


W9 Ethical principles of equality and inequality


Gita Sen, expert gender& development,professor at IIMB, India (invited)

Heidi Hadsell, Hartford Seminary, USA

Saju Chackalakam, President of DVK and Professor of Philosophy, India

Representatives, private and business sector


W10 2% for CSR in India: private-public-NGO-partnerships


Representative, Ministry/Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs

Representative, Guidestar, India

Private Sector: WIPRO Foundation

Tayfun Zaman, Ethics Business Association, Turkey

Fan Libo, Dean, School of International Business, UIBE, China

Muhammad Machasin, Government Representative, Indonesia


W11 SME sustainable leadership across continents

Teodorina Lessidrenska, Globethics.net

Jörg Börgi, KMU nachhaltig GmbH, Switzerland

Guido Sacco, SME owner, Switzerland

Yahya Wijaya, Indonesia (invited)

Rockson Dogbegah, Ghana (invited)


W12 Social media for participation and equal access to information

Representative, WACC, Asia, citizen journalism

Diana Joseph, Director, Forth Wave Foundation, India

Zhao Yang, Hostess, China Radio International 

Walter Fust, President Globethics.net UN Broadband Commission






The way forward: the global society should manage the diverse forms and dimensions of inequality on the base of preservation of the harmonious balance between human and non-human beings and the environment.

Summary of outcomes from workshops (posters, cartoons, reports)


Networking break



Globethics.net Principles on Equality and

Inequality for a Sustainable Economy

‘My Choice for Equality’ campaign awards

High level closing panel: three Global Ethics Forum Co-chairs and three keynote speakers

Closure of the ‘My Choice for Equality’ campaign

Follow-up events



5-6 January


Ethics and Sustainability Training for SMEs and entrepreneurs


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