We invited representatives of large companies operating in Slovakia for the fourth workshop organized as part of our research project. The meeting was held on 26 April 2018 at the Faculty of Management of Comenius University in Bratislava. During the discussion, the participants explained what unethical practices companies encounter and what the reasons behind the unethical behavior are. They also shared the practices that helped their companies implement ethics into the organizational culture and the barriers they had to overcome. In addition, they expressed their views on components of a model for business ethics development in large firms so that people can relate to it and accept it.
The workshop was attended by representatives of the following companies: ESET, Skanska, Slovak Telekom, Slovnaft and U.S. Steel Košice.
The third workshop organized as part of our research project was held on 12 April 2018 at the Faculty of Management of Comenius University in Bratislava. Representatives of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) took part in the discussion about unethical practices in the Slovak business environment and their causes. They also addressed our questions on how to motivate this group of companies to introduce ethics into their business activities and who the initiator of the development of business ethics in SMEs should be.
Besides the President of the Slovak Association of Small and Medium Enterprises and Tradesmen, the representatives of the following companies accepted our invitation to the workshop: Euro-In Consulting, GastroNet, PLANSTANDARD, water & coffee, Zeboku and ZSE.
As part of our research project, the second workshop took place at the Faculty of Management of the Comenius University on 22 March 2018. It was held with the representatives of companies who had received Via Bona Slovakia awards for their fair and responsible approach in doing business from the Pontis Foundation. Unethical practices in the Slovak business environment and their causes were discussed during the workshop. We also wanted to know how these successful companies implemented ethics into their business activities, what motivated them to do so and who initiated the development of business ethics in their respective companies.
The representatives from eight companies accepted our invitation to join us, namely from Accenture, Bitúnok HSH, Kia Motors Slovakia, Marius Pedersen, Metro Cash & Carry SR, Ošetrovateľské centrum Slnečný dom, Payless and Soitron.
The first workshop was held at the Faculty of Management of the Comenius University on 28 November 2017. It was targeted at Slovak professional associations, employers’ unions and chambers of commerce.