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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.

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.

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.

‘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’.

José María Figueres, Managing Director of the World Economic Forum and former President of Costa Rica, and Ignacio Ramonet, co-founder of the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, founder of the ATTAC campaign, and director of the Le Monde Diplomatique, this morning searched for common ground in a public dialogue on globalization.

The clock is ticking inexorably towards High Noon before time runs out to resolve the world’s 20 most urgent problems, according to Jean-Francois Rischard, Vice-President for Europe at the World Bank and author of High Noon: 20 global problems; 20 years to solve them. ‘There is an urgent need for a new global problem-solving approach and the minutes are ticking away,’ Rischard said, giving the opening address at the 30th annual Caux Conference for Business and Industry, which runs from 11 to 15 July.