Company members of CentraRSE along with the Alumni Club of Notre Dame in Guatemala sponsored the conference "Fighting for Ethics, Can Ethics Be Taught?" by Carolyn Woo, Dean of the Business School of the University of Notre Dame.
With ethics and compliance with the law being the basis of Business Social Responsibility (BSR), through this conference CentraRSE wishes to emphasize the incorporation of this principle into the way of doing business in Guatemala.
During the conference, Carolyn Woo said that Ethics is worth fighting for because of the huge potential for good business can bring about. Many multinationals are bigger than some countries, as such their conduct casts an enormous footprint that can de-stabilize or build both economic and social values. “Business progress must be achieved with the protection of human dignity, labour rights, stewardship for the environment, self-determination by those affected, and social justice for those who have little power” Woo said.
José Antonio Corrales, President of Central said “The current financial crisis that has led to the bankruptcy of many companies, loss of confidence and unemployment among other problems, requires different proposals to dignify the human condition and improve the quality of life and society”.
Guillermo Monroy, Executive Director of CentraRSE also said “We must work together in favor of ethics. Only sharing the same vision, we can improve the environment where we do business”.
The event took place in Hotel Barcelo in Guatemala City on December 10th. 2009; with the presence of Guatemala’s biggest corporations and political figures, including the Vice-President of Guatemala Rafael Espada.