EBEN Annual Conference 2014

Business Ethics in a European Perspective
A Case for Unity in Diversity?

from 12th until 14th of June 2014 in Berlin, Germany 

The German Network for Business Ethics (DNWE) was organising the annual conference for its European umbrella organisation (The European Business Ethics Network – EBEN). The conference took place in Berlin from 12-14 June 2014; at the same time the DNWE holt its annual meeting. Cooperation partner and venue of the event is ESMT European School of Management and Technology, located in the former headquarters of State Council of the GDR at Schlossplatz 1.

EBEN and its annual conference brought together academics from almost all European countries and also from beyond Europe. With its annual meetings the DNWE addressed practitioners from companies, associations, NGOs, political institutions and from the media. We welcomed participants from all continents, among them decision makers from the world of business, as well as multipliers from science and teaching.

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At a time when the European project is facing big challenges, the EBEN Annual Conference 2014  put questions related to economy and business ethics in a European perspective.

The economy has been the central driving force in the successful legal and economic EU integration process. What role should companies and other players take in further strengthening the cultural, social and economic integration process – if this is really desirable? What is Europe’s part in the creation of global standards in business and culture? Does a “Cultural Europe” already exist, one that influences approaches and action of European stakeholders on the world stage more than they are aware?

The question of unity and historically influenced diversity, natural in politics, has not yet been integrated in a total concept in the field of business ethics. Many questions are being discussed with no regard to the European dimension, focusing either only on the regional and national economy or on global economic relations. The EBEN Annual Conference emphasized European topics, taking into account that the conference will be held directly following the election of the European Parliament.


Conference Program

The conference is opened on Thursday morning by the Symposium on Sustainable Development, which is open to public (Registration required) and continued afterwards. The actual version of the whole conference program can be found below.

Parallel Sessions Program

As response of our call for papers for the conference and the special tracks we received more than 100 papers and abstracts from researchers out of more than 16 nations all over the world. All proposals for contributions are subject to an academic review process. Well ahead of the conference (estimated end of May) the program of the parallel sessions and a password protected book of abstracts will be available here. You will receive the password for the book of abstracts together with the confirmation of your registration.


Download of the Book of Abstracts (file password protected)

Program EBEN Annual Conference 2014 – (as of June 3rd, 2014)




Doctoral Academy


EBEN-National Chairmen Meeting




Plenum - Symposium on Sustainable Development (open to public)

Arrival of Guests




Anthony Gortzis, President EBEN
Jörg Rocholl, President ESMT
Josef Wieland, Chairman DNWE




Björn Stigson, Chairman Stigson & Partners AB and Past-President World Business Council on Sustainable Development
European Strategy for a Sustainable Future in the World


Günther Bachmann, General Secretary of the German Council for Sustainable Development
Europeanising Sustainability Policies






Panel Discussion


Post 2015 - Global Goals, European Challenges and Solutions


  • Ingolf Dietrich, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • Peter Kromminga, UPJ e.V.
  • Klaus Leisinger, Global Values Alliance, Leadership Council UN-SDSN
  • Gerhard Prätorius, Volkswagen AG, Board member CSR-Europe
  • Karsten Sach, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)

    Chair: Dirk Messner, German Development Institute, Steering Committee SDSN Germany




Panel Discussion


Human Rights in Europe – Responsibilities and Actions


  • Josef Wieland, Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin University (Introduction)
  • Torsten Christen, Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
  • Klaus Milke, Chairman of the Board, Germanwatch
  • John Morrison, Executive Director, Institute for Human Rights and Business
  • Mike Nolte, Vice President -Own Retail- Mercedes-Benz Russia SAO


Workshop Session for Presentation of Selected Papers




Panel Discussion:


Compliance & Business Ethics in Europe –
Same Standards, Different Enforcement?


  • Roland Steinmeyer, Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr (Introduction)
  • Stephan Grüninger, Konstanz University of Applied Sciences
  • Elisabeth Kotthaus, European Commission
  • Manfred Nötzel, Chairman, State Prosecution Office Munich I



Workshop Session for Presentation of Selected Papers










EBEN General Assembly






CB Bhattacharya,ESMT
Global Challenges in Responsible Business


Practitioners’ Roundtable “Global Brands and (Local) Expectations of Society”

  • Aiko Bode, Fenix Outdoor AB
    The Fenix Way
  • Gisbert Braun, Faber-Castell AG
    Global „Brand Essentials“ of Faber-Castell and implementation by local programs and „Social Charter“
  • Inger Paus, Microsoft Deutschland GmbH
    The multinational CSR challenge: How to balance global strategy with local relevance
  • CB Bhattacharya,ESMT (Moderator)


Workshop Session for Presentation of Selected Papers






Tanja Gönner, Chair of GIZ Management Board
Sustainable supply chains – challenges and opportunities


Practitioners’ Roundtable: "Sustainable supply chains – challenges and solutions?"

  • Markus Brettschneider, FrieslandCampina Germany GmbH
    From Grass to Glas
  • Achim Lohrie, Tchibo GmbH
    The Tchibo WE-Program – A benchmark for the integration of social standards in the consumer goods supply chain?
  • Andreas Möller, Aurubis AG
    Metals between consumers and global markets
  • Carsten Schmitz-Hoffmann, GIZ
    Joint approaches of private and public partners towards fostering sustainable supply chains
  • Urs Müller, ESMT (Moderator)


Workshop Session for Presentation of Selected Papers




Practitioners’ Roundtable: "CSR Management and Stakeholder Engagement"

  • Andreas Streubig, Otto Group
    impACT - Measured to Act
  • Marc-André Bürgel, Daimler AG
    Stakeholder Engagement at Daimler
  • Urs Müller, ESMT (Moderator)


Workshop Session for Presentation of Selected Papers 








Panel Discussion


Political Governance in Europe: Capitalism or Social Market Economy?


  • Klaus West, Managing Director, Chemie-Stiftung Sozialpartner-Akademie (Introduction)
  • Daniel Jost, Workers Representative, Chemische Fabrik Budenheim KG
  • Harald Schaub, Member of the Managing Board, Chemische Fabrik Budenheim KG
  • Andreas Suchanek, Wittenberg Center for Global Ethics
  • Gerhard Wegner, Director, Social Sciences Institute of the Evangelical Church in Germany


Workshop Session for Presentation of Selected Papers






Claus Dierksmeier, Director Global Ethics Institute
Global Stakeholders and Cultural Diversity - Future Challenges for Business










DNWE General Assembly



Fees and Registration

Fee Schedule


Corporate (Roundtable)

500 €


Individual, regular 

400 €


Individual presenting paper, regular

350 €


Individual, reduced*

300 €


Individual presenting paper, reduced*

270 €


Doctoral workshop participant

160 €


Student, regular

120 €


Student (sneep member)

90 €


Student, reduced*

100 €


Additional person to the reception on June, 12th

25 €


Additional person to the dinner on June, 13th

40 €


* Reductions apply to DNWE and EBEN members only

Registration Policies and Procedures

Registration Space Availability

Participation is based on availability and may sell out prior to the cut-off date.

Registration Policies
Registration must be received 30 days prior to meeting date, to include the
participant’s name in the event directory.
Paid registrations are processed within two weeks and confirmations are emailed. If you have any questions about your confirmation, please contact eben2014@dnwe.de.

Event registration replacements will be granted if written notice and a replacement registration are received (by email ONLY) no later than 30 days prior to meeting date. REPLACEMENTS WILL NOT BE GRANTED AFTER THIS DATE.

Event refunds less 50€ will be granted if written cancellation notice is received (by email ONLY) no later than 30 days prior to meeting date. REFUNDS WILL NOT BE GRANTED AFTER THIS DATE. Please allow 6 - 8 weeks for a refund.

Please Note:
EBEN/DNWE are not liable for any related financial loss, theft, property damage, or personal injury resulting from registering for or participating in, attending any or all functions at the event, and travelling to and from the event.

EBEN/DNWE assume no responsibility or liability for any other costs incurred by participants related to the registration.

No unauthorized video or audio taping of sessions will be allowed. 



European School of Management and Technology

Schlossplatz 1
10178 Berlin, Germany


The conference will begin with registration on June 12th and will end on June 14th-midday (except DNWE general meeting which takes place Saturday afternoon).


Call for Papers - Special Tracks - Doctoral Academy

In order to deal with a. m. and many other questions interlinked with the ethical implications of the European unification process and its current ethical challenges, the major aim of the EBEN annual conference 2014 is to look critically at recent developments in the field of business ethics both from a theoretical and a practitioners’ perspective. We will highly value contributions which open up a new perspective on CSR and that foster critical discussion on this topic.


The detailed Call for Papers can be found here.


Special Tracks

Part of the conference programme will be the following special tracks. Papers for these special tracks have to be submitted directly to the organizers by February 28th.:

  • CSR, Business Ethics and the Law – European Perspectives, organized by Karin Buhmann, Copenhagen Business School, and Björn Fasterling, EDHEC Business School (CfP)
  • Catholic Social Teaching and European Common Roots, organized by Domènec Melé, IESE Business School, and Michael Aßländer, Technical University Dresden (CfP)
  • Organizational Ethics and Organizational Outcomes, organized by Anna-Maija Lämsä, University of Jyväskylä, and Raminta Pučėtaitė, Vilnius University (CfP)
  • Responsible Innovation & Innovation Ethics, organized by Vincent Blok, Wageningen University, et al. (CfP)


Doctoral Academy

Especially for doctoral students in the field of Business Ethics and CSR there will be a Doctoral Academy taking place Wednesday, June 11th 2014 at the ESMT. A detailled Call for Papers for this Doctoral Academy can be found here.

Paper Submission

The submission period has ended. Participants at the submission process will be informed by the acceptance of their paper/abstact by mid april (due to extended submission period the review process is still ongoing). For any questions regarding the paper submission process please send an e-mail to eben2014-papers@dnwe.de.