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International Dialogue Platform "Ethics and Responsible Leadership in Business" launched at the Wittenberg Center for Global Ethics

In cooperation with the Leadership Excellence Institute of Zeppelin University (LEIZ) and the Karl Schlecht Foundation, the WCGE has introduced its innovative dialogue platform "Ethics and Responsible Leadership in Business" in presence of Minister-President of Saxony-Anhalt Dr. Reiner Haseloff in Wittenberg on April 28, 2014.

The platform will bring together scientific expertise of leading professors, the know-how of internationally operating companies and the perspectives of societal stakeholder groups. It deals with the following question: Which are the standards to be applied to good corporate governance from an ethical point of view? Valuable input will be provided by the international doctoral program based at the WCGE: research scholars from Aruba, India, Indonesia, Ghana and Germany will work in field projects in close cooperation with companies and societal stakeholder groups. They will deal with concrete problems and contribute their intercultural perspectives. The scholars will be supervised by Prof. Josef Wieland (Zeppelin University), Prof. Andreas Suchanek (HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management) and the professor of the chair of "Business Ethics and Controlling" (to be appointed) at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg which will be endowed by the Friede Springer Foundation. The first field project of the doctoral program will take place in cooperation with Bayer AG and Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung.

More than 50 representatives from politics, business, academia, churches and culture had accepted the invitation to Wilhelm-Weber-Haus, the future location of the WCGE. Different members of the initiatives "Code of Responsible Conduct for Business" and "Wittenberg Process of the Social Partners in the Chemical Industry" were among the guests.

In his greeting Minister-President Haseloff emphasized: "This platform promotes a discourse which sustainably serves peace, justice and prosperity. Globalization, competition and the global economic order have to be designed in a way that they serve the good of the people."

Karl Schlecht, founder of the globally operating company Putzmeister and donor of the doctoral program, said at the opening ceremony: "Business companies need their own foundation of values for both, their employees and as a basis of trust for their customers. Therefore it is a matter of particular concern to me to support the scientific research in the field of good corporate governance at the WCGE. This is important for the effectiveness in a fair global competition, which benefits our society."

The WCGE expects from the platform valuable impulses for dialogue and mutual learning: "Together with the international scholars, our research partners and the companies and societal groups affiliated to the WCGE we will be able to advance our work in the field of everyday ethics", said Dr. Martin von Broock, chairman of the management board of the WCGE.

In the morning, the first meeting of the research scholars of the international doctoral program had taken place at the WCGE. The study program was presented by Prof. Josef Wieland and Prof. Andreaschanek: during the three-year studies each of the scholars has to attend at least six scientific courses and carry out two field projects. The next call for applications for another six scholarships will be announced in summer.