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The Good the Bad and the Greedy: A critical look at UK business ethics

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Spectator Business Editor, Martin Vander Weyer & UK Business leader, Gordon Black CBE

This lecture will take place on campus, in 003, ground floor Business and Law Building, City Campus East (full address at the bottom of the page). The lecture will also be available to stream online - please register for the event and a link will be sent to you to access the live stream.

Northumbria University, Newcastle, is hosting a public lecture in partnership with the North-East Initiative on Business Ethics (NIBE) featuring two eminent speakers with strong views on 21st Century corporate behaviour.

Entitled, The Good, the Bad and the Greedy: A critical look at UK business ethics, the lecture will showcase the launch of two recent books; The Good, the Bad and the Greedy: Why we've lost faith in capitalism, by Spectator business editor Martin Vander Weyer, and From Bags To Blenders: The Journey of a Yorkshire Businessman, by manufacturer and venture capitalist Gordon Black CBE. The lecture format will include a dialogue between the two authors.  

In his book, published by Biteback Publishing, Martin Vander Weyer argues that capitalism has lost its moral compass, has lost public trust and is in urgent need of repair — but remains a great engine of progress and prosperity. 

While From Bags to Blenders (Icon Books) recalls the author’s long experience as a manufacturing supplier to Marks & Spencer and draws lessons on how all companies should care for staff, suppliers and customers as well as shareholders.

Newcastle Business School has an international reputation for responsible business research, including investigating the challenges of sustainability and the impact of corporate scandals. NIBE was established in 2013 by working professionals interested and involved in business ethics. It works through face-to-face meetings and seminars advising companies how to develop ethical practices.

The lecture will be followed by light refreshments and an opportunity to discuss the topic with the speakers, Newcastle Business School academics and other attendees.

To register for this free lecture, please fill in the form below.


Event Details

Lecture theatre 003
Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University
City Campus East
Newcastle upon Tyne


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