Just what role does ethics play in the modern business world, and where does whistleblowing fit into that picture?
These are questions which will be addressed at the ‘Inaugural Professors In Conversation Series’ featuring newly appointed Business Professor at NUIG Prof Kate Kenny who will talk about Whistleblowing and Business Ethics next week.
This lunchtime event hosted by the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics and Whitaker Institute is free and open to the public who want to learn more about how morality operates, or should, at the heart of businesses in Ireland and abroad.
From the U.S. White House, to the Brexit referendum and Ireland’s policing and energy sectors, whistleblowing is rarely out of the news these days.
Meanwhile laws are changing across the world, with a new EU whistleblowing directive promising major changes for Irish organisations in the public and private sectors.
Prof Kenny will be discussing the insights she has gleamed from ten years of research into the role of ethics in business, and the impacts, challenges and opportunities for organisations and citizens in Ireland from the changes that have taken place in that time.
Speaking about the event, Prof Kenny said: “Business ethics is a hot topic at the moment, posing many challenges and opportunities for organisations.
“I am looking forward to discussing insights from my research. Having studied whistleblowing and speak up systems for over ten years, in Ireland and overseas, I am particularly delighted to be joined by John Devitt for this conversation.”
“His continued work with Transparency International Ireland is central to supporting whistleblowers and advocating for strong legal protections, at European, international and Irish levels.”
The event will take place on Wednesday, 23 October from 1pm-2pm in Room CA110 in the Cairnes Building, North Campus, NUI Galway.
Places are free but tickets must be booked online ahead of time.