Prof. Leisinger Lectures on “Business Ethics, Corporate Responsibility, and Value Leadership” (3/25/13)


Invited by director of the World Ethics Institute at Peking University (WEIB) Tu Weiming, Doctor Leisinger gave an enlightening as well as prospective academic report on the subject of “Business Ethics, Business Accountability and Value Leadership” at Moonlight Hall of Yingjie Communication Center. Doctor Leisinger is President and Managing Director of the Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development (Germany), and Professor of Sociology at the University of Basel (Switzerland). Based on his report, there came a heated discussion by many participants.

First, the report reminded the recognition that values, codes of ethics in business organization is not abstractly hidden behind institutional structures, but it is a living human being who practices the specific standards in the process of sponsoring, practicing, performing and accomplishing, which exerts a subtle influence on staff in business to burden their responsibility of actions or inactions. Under the background of multiculturalism and religious pluralism, it is the fundamental driving force and an important pathway to promote enterprise cultural construction and leadership for the management to abide by global values and cultural identity normative convictions. Subsequently, Professor Leisinger introduced 10 principles among human rights, labor standards, environment, and anti-corruption referred in United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), appealing for consideration of humanistic spirit with global significance, cultivation of ethical musicality for the management, and conduction of moral innovation other than solely keeping an eye on professional knowledge and skills. He points out that this value-based business pathway could be thoroughly applied to current operations and to achieve triple-win. It also contributes to sustainable development of enterprises, staff and society.

Later on, many scholars from academic industry, business and NGO, entrepreneurs and social activists took active part in discussing relating Professor Leisinger’s report and put forward many constructive ideas. Those guests are Chairman of Global Ethic Foundation Professor Karl Schlecht, Vice-President of Sany Group Corporation Yuan Jinhua, Chief Representative of United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) in China Liu Meng, Director of Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin and President of German Business Ethics Network Professor Josef Wieland, Chief Economist of Agricultural Bank Of China and Chief Editor of Global Finance Magazine Professor Xiang Songzuo, Director of Hong Kong America Center of the Chinese University of Hong Kong Professor Glenn Shive and other guests from the World Ethics Institute at Peking University.

This lecture has been one of the series lectures of Peking University since WEIB’s date of establishment, October 29th, 2012, which is Confucius’s birthday. WEIB is dedicated to reflecting on the rising, historical origin, contemporary relevance and future implications assumed by brokers under the circumstances of contemporary western enlightenment mentality, and proposing crucial issues on coping with financial crisis and international order disintegration in the face of rebuilding human being of twenty-first century. It discovers the political, social and cultural factors that influence economic and business activities in future global community to promote a more comprehensive and balanced acquisition of global situations by public intellectuals of government, mass media, academic industry, business circle and NGO. On the meanwhile, Global Ethics Center of Peking University expressed wishes to enhance public reasons on Cultural China, Confucianism of East Asia and the Asian-Pacific region, even on a global scale.