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Title:Forum ETHIBEL at the Global Ethics Forum in Genève
Date of publishing:June 30, 2015
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Forum ETHIBEL at the Global Ethics Forum in Genève
June 30, 2015

Forum ETHIBEL was invited to facilitate a workshop on socially responsible investing (SRI) at the Global Ethics Forum in Genève. This annual meeting is organised by Globethics.net, an organisation aimed at building a global network on ‘ethics’, in the broad sense. To achieve this, Globethics.net offers a free online library, organises network events and forums and supports projects that promote ethics all over the world.

This year’s Global Ethics Forum focused on ‘responsible leadership’ and ‘the value of values’. The central question of Forum ETHIBEL’s workshop was ‘how can value-driven responsible investment be improved?’. ‘Value-driven responsible investment’ is a way of investing in accordance with personal, social, religious, corporate- or other values and not only because of the expected financial return. During the workshop, different practices and ideas were discussed to promote value-driven responsible investment.

Herwig Peeters, general director of Forum ETHIBEL, shared his expertise on the topic, discussing initiatives such as Arista, the voluntary quality standard for SRI research and the Global Initiative on Sustainability Ratings, which aims at harmonising sustainability ratings and improving the research quality. Prof Jem Bendell from the Centre of Responsible Leadership at the University of Qumbria talked about the future of SRI and the need for a ‘systemic shift’. Guillaume Taylor from Quadia Investments talked about impact investing and Martina MacPherson from Sustainability Investments London discussed existing standards, such as UN Global Compact and the Principles for Responsible Investing, and their contribution to value-driven responsible investment.

As a result of the workshop a number of research projects will be set up on responsible investing and responsible leadership. In addition, the workshop demonstrated that more research is needed on the future of responsible investing and what can be expected in terms of its contribution to a sustainable society.

At the end of the meeting, the Globethics Academy was launched. This online academy offers affordable courses on themes related to ethics. The first course treats ‘Responsible leadership’. More information can be found on this page.

The Global Ethics Forum 2015 was held from 25 to 27 June.
More information to be found on: http://www.globethics.net/web/gef/conference2015