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A system alone will not make any society good. But each one of us can make the effort to be sensitive to the minorities of which we are not part.

Dr. Astrid Heiberg, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Oslo and a former Cabinet Minister in Norway last night spoke of her experience of mediating in Sri Lanka. She was giving the third Caux Lecture of the 2003 conference season at the Caux international centre on Initiatives of Change.

The ICF partnered Caux Initiatives for Business at the Caux Conference Centre in Switzerland from 11 to 15 July with the theme of ‘Globalisation - As If People Really Mattered.’

Dominique Peccoud, special advisor to the Director General of the International Labour Organization in Geneva yesterday condemned ‘the God of Money and his servant, the God of the ultra-liberal Market which has forgotten its roots’. He warned that if we do not read the sign of the times, ‘we plunge on towards the death of our system which rejects any controls and becomes a globalized capitalistic plutocracy’. He was speaking at the closing session of the 2003 Caux Conference for Business and Industry, on the theme: ‘Globalization . . . as if people really mattered’.

Caux, Switzerland

Reports of the international conferences which were held in Caux, Switzerland, during July and August are available on the Caux website

Dominique Peccoud, special advisor to the Director General of the International Labour Organization in Geneva yesterday condemned ‘the God of Money and his servant, the God of the ultra-liberal Market which has forgotten its roots’. He warned that if we do not read the sign of the times, ‘we plunge on towards the death of our system which rejects any controls and becomes a globalized capitalistic plutocracy’. He was speaking at the closing session of the 2003 Caux Conference for Business and Industry, on the theme: ‘Globalization . . . as if people really mattered’...

Promoters of respect are the instruments of peace the 21st century so badly needs.

The violent anti-globalization protests in Seattle in 1998 led Theresa Szeliga, Director of Ethics and Business Conduct at Boeing’s commercial aircraft division in Seattle, on a search that brought her to the Caux business conferences. She was aware of the Caux Round Table’s Principles for Business and had checked into last year’s Caux business conference after finding it announced on the web.

‘I have a passionate belief that businesses can do their businesses ethically,’ said Philippa Foster-Back, Director of the UK’s Institute of Business Ethics. ‘It may cost but doing the right thing by others takes courage,’ she told the 30th annual Caux Conference for Business and Industry in Switzerland. She was speaking at a plenary session on ‘Integrity and Accountability’.

Anant Nadkarni, General Manager, Group Corporate Responsibility, for the TATA Group, one of India’s greatest industrial houses, today gave a presentation of his company’s long-running and successful efforts in corporate social and community responsibility.
Tata Group is known worldwide for its social welfare policies and has been practicing them since its very beginning, for nearly a century.