10th Annual Australasian Business Ethics Network (ABEN) Conference 2020

Hosted by the School of Business, The University of Notre Dame Australia   

7th and 8th December 2020 (Virtual Conference)


Not Business as Usual: Ethics, Sustainability and Innovation

The 10th Annual ABEN Conference was hosted online by The University of Notre Dame, Australia. The theme for the 2020 Annual Conference was Not Business as Usual: Ethics, Sustainability and Innovation.

Organisational success today is built on innovative approaches aimed at responding to environmental and social issues by developing new technologies and products and not merely based on the single metric approach which only considers profit. The recent climate and health crises have been a further ‘wake up’ call on the vulnerability of our planet and society. These events have several social, environmental, economic and political implications that pose new concerns and reflections for business ethics academia and practice.

The 2020 ABEN conference presented an opportunity to explore and debate the central role of business ethics in organisations’ innovation and sustainability discourse. Emphasis was placed on how new pressures in organisations arise and how business ethics can become an integral component, rather than an afterthought, of the organisation’s innovation and sustainability responses to these dynamic and emerging challenges. Some of the themes that were explored include, but are not limited to:  How can business ethics become an integral component of an organisation’s innovation and sustainability approach? What are the roles of individuals, corporations, SMEs, government, civil society, academia and professionals in promoting ethics, innovation and sustainability as part of the ‘business as usual’ equation?


Conference key notes and highlights

Conference key notes include: Professor Francis Campbell, Professor R. Edward Freeman, and the ABEN 10th Anniversary panel with some of the founding members.

Please find the full conference program for download here: ABEN 2020 Conference Program


To view recordings of the keynotes and panel discussion, please click on the titles below:

Opening Address – Prof. Francis Campbell – Vice Chancellor of The University of Notre Dame Australia

Keynote – Prof. Ed Freeman – University of Virginia, Darden School of Business and lead author of The Power of And (Freeman, Martin & Parmar, 2020)

Panel Discussion – No Business as Usual – How it all began with ABEN including some of the founding members


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