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Following the highly successful inaugural conference held in Auckland in 2011 the 2nd ABEN conference on business, ethics and business ethics was held in Melbourne in 2012. Bringing academics, critics and practitioners together to discuss and debate the nature, intent, effects and futures of business ethics in Australasia and beyond, the ABEN conference is developing into a key forum in the region for reflective, engaged and critical work in the area.
The location for this year's conference was the Metropole Hotel and Conference centre, on bohemian Brunswick Street, in the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne. Once again, the conference is linked with publication opportunities in business ethics and professional ethics journals (The Journal of Business Ethics Education and the Australian Journal of Applied and Professional Ethics). Like the wider network from which it originates, the ABEN conference is inclusive, and has accepted submissions that explore business ethics from a range of theoretical, empirical and practical positions and perspectives.
Upward of 30 papers were accepted for presentation at the conference, examining ethical issues as they pertain to a wide range of issues, topics, and contexts including Business Ethics and: the region, education, employment, HRM, the Fairtrade movement CSR, sustainability, leadership, human rights, law, corruption, corporate governance, global supply chains, ethical theory, and the future of ethics.