Pioneering Ethical Capitalism

OECD  -  2, rue André Pascal  -  75775 Paris Cedex 16
There is more than one way to do capitalism. In Japan, in the second half of the 19th century, a major business leader, Shibusawa Eiichi, expressed the view that business enterprise could and should simultaneously accomplish profits and enhance public welfare. The solutions he suggested are still relevant today. This symposium aims at understanding the Asian and Western origins of ethical capitalism, mapping the evolving arguments about the responsibilities of business and the changing practices of firms, debating the relations between morality and economy for globalised economies and societies in a perspective of sustainable growth.


10:00 - Morning session > What does an approach of this major issue by history bring to us?

Simultaneous translation English-Japanese provided. Moderator: Patrick Fridenson (École des hautes études en sciences sociales)
• Keynote speech : Takeo Kikkawa (Hitotsubashi University), Why ethical capitalism? Origins and development
• Geoffrey Jones (Harvard Business School), The responsibility of capitalism: past, present, future
• Coffee break
• Janet Hunter (London School of Economics), Business and morality: can we still learn from Japan?
• Discussion

12:30 Lunch

14:30 - Afternoon session > Today’s initiatives and problems

Session in English. Moderator: TBA
Keynote speeches
• Ken Shibusawa (Founder and Chairman, Commons Asset Management), Rongo (ethics) and Soroban (business): Sustainable Capitalism
• Lionel Zinsou (Chairman and CEO, PAI partners): What does Finance mean by corporate social responsibility?
• Coffee break

16:00 Round table: Can you be ethical in global business today?

Participants: Philippe Lagayette, president of the Fondation de France ; Hartmut Berghoff, director of the German Historical Institute in Washington ; business leaders ; officials and scholars.
• General discussion

17:30 End of symposium
18:00 Reception

  • le lundi 25 novembre 2013  de 10h  à 18h
  • Communication

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