Our events are opportunities to meet with other people interested and concerned with business ethics and are usually hosted by one of the NIBE stakeholder or partner organisations. We organise events at various locations throughout the North East, either directly or in partnership with others. These events are for sharing information on business ethics, discussing current dilemmas and sharing good practice.   We aim to make the events as interactive and thought provoking as possible.  We also aim to provide practical advice and guidance to event attendees.

As our mission is to collaborate rather than duplicate and to offer a resource to the region we actively support and promote all regional events that focus on business ethics and will publicise them free of charge.


Driving business ethics through the supply chain – steps towards building sustainable communities

Date: Wednesday 26 September 2018

Time: 16.30 – 18.30

Venue: Northumbrian Water, Boldon House, Pity Me, Durham, DH1 5FJ

NIBE is delighted to be partnering with Northumbria Water for our next event, exploring the ethics and best practice of responsible procurement, introduced and co-chaired by NIBE director Caroline Theobald, CBE.

Northumbrian Water is the only water company to be on the World’s Most Ethical companies list seven years in a row (2010-2017) and is currently the UK’s Utility Company of the year.  Graham Southall (Group Commercial Director) and Steve Crake, (head of procurement, supply chain and fleet) will lead an interactive session that will focus on the Group’s new Responsible Procurement approach and will introduce their AIME commitment aimed at understanding how the £350million of Group annual spend impacts local communities and how it can move towards spending 60p in every £1 with their local supply chain.

The session will also look the other way and discuss the rigour that goes into establishing global supply networks; and how the Group’s procurement framework is driven by clear statements of aspiration and ambition to achieve best-value with suppliers. They will explore how access to procurement opportunities can be made simpler for SMEs and segment opportunity for appropriateness

The aim of this session is to share best practice, identify procurement methodology that is transferrable to any sized company and learn from event attendees.  Steve and the team are clear that they want this session to encourage knowledge exchange, challenge and discussion.

Places are limited to 40 so please reserve your place early to avoid disappointment.




PR with integrity

Date: Thursday 18 October 2018

Time: 17.30 – 18.30, arrival with refreshments from 17.00

Venue: Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, City Campus East, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST

Think you know what public relations is? Perhaps it’s time to think again.

We seem to be hearing more and more about ‘fake news’ and its becoming difficult to know what’s actually happening and what’s made up.  It can lead to situations where even top  journalists have been fooled, and newspapers and programs are reporting on events as fact, that in reality didn’t happen.  How is the ordinary person in the street able to trust anything they hear or read?

To get some clear answers about the business of PR, NIBE is delighted to announce a new compelling event featuring President of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations for 2018, Sarah Hall.

At this event, industry expert Sarah Hall will discuss PR with purpose, considering:

  • The role of PR in helping bring together a fractured society
  • How linking social purpose to organisational objectives is a commercial imperative
  • The role of brands in addressing the fake news crisis

There’s no spin, no posturing and no fake news, just expert knowledge from the CIPR’s President.

Sarah Hall is a PR and marketing agency owner, President of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations for 2018 and a committee member of Athena40, which is focused on accountable leadership, female empowerment and youth development. She has established a reputation as an ethics tsar and diversity and inclusivity champion.