European Business Ethics Forum (EBEF)

/European Business Ethics Forum (EBEF)

Sharing Ideas & Successful Practices

31 January – 02 February 2018





For the 15th year, this 2-day Forum will bring together those who are responsible for the ethics, compliance or business conduct programmes within their organisations. Participants share with their peers practical information and experiences relating to current best practices and explore together some of the problems that are raised in doing business ethically around the globe.

The meeting follows from the last Forum held in London in February 2017. It is an invaluable opportunity to network with a broad peer group of corporate managers working in this field around the world. The venue for the 2018 forum is the Amsterdam Marriott Hotel. Attendance is for those within organisations with over 500 employees and is strictly limited to those responsible for ethics, compliance and corporate responsibility within their organisations. Registrations are initially limited to three people per company, although more may be held on a waiting list should space be available.

Discussions take place under the Chatham House Rule. The Forum is intended as a place to network and meet others; while it is appropriate to make professional contacts and to respond to requests for information from others, it is not appropriate to solicit business or support.

The Forum will commence with an informal get together for those who arrive on the Wednesday evening, 31 January, and conclude on Friday 02 February.

You can earn up to 12 Leading Professional in Ethics & Compliance (LPEC) CEUs.  Contact for more information.

The majority of presentations at the Forum are delivered by experienced ethics and compliance practitioners. Breakout sessions on a range of topics are held each day, which take the form of a facilitated discussion. Forum participants are free to choose which session they would like to attend. Details of 2018 Breakout sessions are below. Timings of these will be confirmed closer to the Forum start date.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

18:30-20:00The Forum will commence with an informal get together for those who arrive on the Wednesday evening. This is an opportunity to meet the organisers and other delegates in an informal setting.


Thursday, February 1, 2018

09:00-09:15Welcome and Introductions
Members of the organising bodies, CEA, EBEN, ECI and IBE
09:15-10:30Plenary Session 1Reflections from a Chairman
10:30-10:50Refreshment Break
10:50-12:05Concurrent Breakout Sessions (SEE LIST BELOW – subject to change)
13:35-14:50Concurrent Breakout Sessions (SEE LIST BELOW – subject to change)
14:50-15:10Refreshment Break
15:10-16:25Speed SharingMeet your fellow attendees and learn more about how they keep their programme fresh and their careers moving forward.
18:15 – 18:30Meet in Hotel Lobby
19:15 – 22:00Reception and Dinner
22:00Return to the Hotel

Friday, February 2, 2018

08:30-09:00Welcome, coffee
09:00-10:15Plenary Session 2

Performance Management in the Context of Ethics and Compliance
Gabe Shawn Varges, Senior Partner – HCM International

Incentivising ethical conduct is connected to performance management, which includes compensation systems and their relationship to organisational success, governance, culture, and compliance. This session will define the broader territory with an international perspective that informs how to structure incentives that drive ethics outcomes.

0:15-10:45Refreshment Break
10:45-12:00Concurrent breakout sessions (SEE LIST BELOW – subject to change)
13:15-14:30Plenary Session 3

Ethics and Compliance: two sides of the same coin?
Panel Discussion
Some of us are CECOs, some are “just” Ethics, some are “just” compliance. Is it better to have it all or to share space? Others believe that Compliance is for “Legal” and Ethics for “HR”? How can we work together? What if acting ethically means breaking the law? What if being compliant means not being ethical? 

14:30-14:50Looking Ahead

Recent Lessons and New Challenges
To wrap up, a panel of experienced ethics practitioners will share their highlights and “takeaways” from this year’s forum. Key topics and challenges that are likely to dominate E&C in the coming year will be presented.

14:50-15:00Forum Closing
A summary report of the conference will be circulated to all participants.

Breakout Sessions

(subject to change)

Look: we are in this to make a profit, so get on with it!

How do you “Speak-Up” about your boss or colleagues?

Does ethical performance have to be on EVERY agenda?

What on earth can we do to grab their attention?

How can we ensure that our Ethics Ambassadors are really useful?

Are your manager’s ready to handle an employee report of ethical misconduct?

Turn on or Turn off? How can the techie revolution help with communication, use and understanding of our ethical standards?

Employee engagement in ethics at the entry and line Level. What works?

Risks of cyber communication: what is the role of E&C?

How do we ensure that we are protecting employee privacy?

Hospitality or bribe? Helping an employee to decide

Is it really possible to vet your supply chain?

Organisations are becoming more aware of the risk of being blamed for doing business with an organisation who has little regard to (say) the health and safety of their employees. How can you know if a prospective supplier has high ethical standards and they are applied? What is effective ethical due diligence? These and similar matters will be explored in this session.

What are cost effective strategies for assessment and containing the risks around apparent conflicts of interest?

Is it ethical to enforce your global ethics standards irrespective of the local way of living?

Revisiting values in an established company: a cultural transformation, rolling out new global values

Amsterdam Marriott Hotel

Stadhouderskade 12,
Amsterdam, 1054 ES Netherlands

31 January – 02 February 2018

Book Room Now

Please note you are responsible for making your own hotel arrangements but are advised not to do so until your Forum booking has been confirmed.

Room tariff:
Deluxe room single use: €199 per night, £177.65 per night, $230.63 per night
Deluxe room double use: €219 per night, £195.50 per night, $253.81 per night

***Price includes American breakfast buffet and internet in room***

***Rates are available 3 days pre and post Event***

Reservations must be made by 09 January 2018 to receive the rates above. Individual reservations will be subject to the hotel’s cancellation policy. You will responsible for paying for your accommodation at the end of your stay.

Cercle d’Éthique des Affaires (CEA) of Franc

Tel: +33 (0)951 17 31 47
Fax: +33 (1) 40 25 03 88



Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI) of the United States

Tel: +1-703-647-2185 (Va.); +1-781-647-9333 (Mass.)
Fax: +1-703-647-2180 (Va.); +1-781-647-9399 (Mass.)



European Business Ethics Network (EBEN)

Tel.: +34 677 382 197
Fax: +34 948 804 167



Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) of the United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7798 6040
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7798 6044

How: To register for EBEF 2018 please complete this registration form. All forms will be received by the IBE (; they will be in touch to confirm your booking. Once your booking has been confirmed the form will be sent to the relevant body (depending on preferred currency) to issue and process payment.

Please do not book any travel or accommodation until your booking has been confirmed by

Registration Criteria: Attendance is open only to those responsible for ethics, compliance and corporate responsibility within organisations with over 500 employees. Spaces are initially limited to three per company; although more may be held on a waiting list should spaces become available.

Registration rates 2018

 £895 £995
 €1060 €1160
 $1270 $1370


Rates include admittance to all plenary and breakout sessions, the informal meet and greet on Wednesday 31 January, reception and dinner on Thursday 01 February, plus all conference materials. Guests are responsible for organising and paying their own hotel arrangements but are advised not to do so until your booking has been confirmed by

Disclaimer: All registration forms will be received by the IBE and sent to the relevant organisation for invoicing depending on preferred currency – your contact information will not be distributed any further than these bodies.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations must be submitted in writing to
  • Cancellations received in writing on or before 04 December 2017 are entitled to a full refund.
  • No refunds or partial refunds will be made after 04 December 2017. However, following written confirmation your place may be transferred to a colleague or the 2019 Forum.
  • If you wish to transfer your place to the 2019 Forum after 04 December 2017, the full fee will still be due in 2018.
  • Non-payment or non-attendance does not constitute cancellation and you will still be required to pay.
This website uses cookies and third party services. Settings Ok

Site Cookie Policy

Click on the link provided to see our cookie policy in detail.