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.


Ethical business in a world of make believe: the Disney effect on gender expectation and diversity in the workplace

Date: Wednesday 30 January 2019

Time: 16.30-17.30 for refreshments, 17.30-19.00 for the session

Venue: Durham University Business School, Mill Hill Lane, Durham, DH1 3LB 

Gender diversity and gender stereo-typing remain key business ethics issues for organisations of all types.  This presentation introduces the concept of ‘organisational readiness’: socio-cultural expectations about working selves that prepare young people for their future life in organisations. This concept emerges from an analysis of Disney and Studio Ghibli animations and how they constitute expectations about working life that may influence young people through their representations of work and gendered workplace roles.

The presentation offers new insights into the puzzle of women being encouraged to participate more directly in organisational life whilst continuing to be relegated to the side-lines in organisations.

More optimistically, it also points to ways in which future generations of employees may forge ways of constituting forms of gendered selves as yet hardly imaginable.







Prof Mark Learmonth and Dr Martyn Griffin