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



A short course on Responsible Business from Northumbria University

NIBE is pleased to announce a new short course on Responsible Business from our partner Northumbria University:

Business Ethics is rarely out of the news and is rising in corporate agendas.  Larry Fink, the CEO of the world-leading investment house, Blackrock, wrote in his 2018 letter to CEOs that:

“To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society. Companies must benefit all of their stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, customers, and the communities in which they operate.”

Northumbria University, ranked in the world’s top 50 for Business Ethics research, will be running six three-hour workshops on Friday afternoons from February to April 2019 exploring ‘What is Responsible Business?’  Taken from our MBA programme, but aimed at both practising professionals and anyone with a genuine interest in responsible business, the workshops will involve four themes:

  • Sustainability and Responsibility in Business
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Corporate Governance
  • Character and Virtue in Business

The first workshop will be held on Friday 8th February on the fourth floor of our ‘Corporate and Executive’ suite in our award winning City Campus East building on New Bridge Street. The course is priced at £99 for all six workshops (£50 retired and other concessions)

Spaces are limited to 20 so please register your interest through the link below by January 31st.  You can also contact Professor Ron Beadle at  for further information.

Please note timings are tbc, registration for this course is via the Northumbria University website.



The cost of a plastic bottle is too great

Experts and schools gather to discuss and debate the issues of single-use plastic

Date: Tuesday 26 February 2019

Time: 18.00-20.00

Venue: Emmanuel College, Consett Road, Gateshead, NE11 0AN

Every minute, every single day, the equivalent of a truckload of plastic enters our oceans. In the name of profit and convenience, corporations are literally choking our planet with a substance that does not just “go away” when we toss it into a bin. Since the 1950s, some 8.3bn tons of plastic have been produced worldwide, and to date, only 9% of that has been recycled. Our oceans bear the brunt of our plastics epidemic – up to 12.7m tons of plastic end up in them every year.

In July 2018, a number of students from Emmanuel College travelled to Indonesia where they witnessed first-hand the unprecedented scale of environmental destruction caused by single use plastics.  In the space of an hour, students collected over 90kg of plastic waste from a short stretch of coastline, with more waste being washed up every minute.  To read more about this inspirational trip use this link to The ET(see page 2 for further details).

Inspired by their peers’ experiences, economists from Emmanuel College have partnered with the North East Initiative on Business Ethics (NIBE), to put in place a plan to draw out and harness the ideas of students to ensure that the North East remains a responsible and ethical business region in the future.

Emmanuel College students have organized an inter-school debate, calendared for 26th February 2019 (6 – 8pm), and involving local schools; St.Bede’s of Durham, Gosforth Academy, and Harton Academy.  Visiting Professors from The Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, and Durham University Business School, will form part of the judging panel.  With business mentors from Brewin Dolphin, Virgin Money, and BlackRock assigned to support each team, it promises to be an interesting and thought-provoking event.

Our goal is to encourage local businesses and communities to take action.  This requires a moment to think about the severity of the issue.  We look forward to your support and thank you in advance for helping us to give everyone a behavioural nudge in the right direction!