The Latest Issue of Moral Cents is Out!

April 30th, 2014 by Kara in News

View the latest issue HERE. How should we view financial instruments? Saviors or socially useless? There are equities (shares) and bonds. These instruments have been around for years and are well understood. Then there are derivatives. The major types are options, swaps, futures, and forwards. These instruments are traded daily, in large volume, and they too are more or less well understood. We do not question their existence because these financial instruments serve a purpose. They may help people to save or raise money (equities and bonds) or to manage risk (derivatives). ...

Seven Pillars Institute Collaborates with Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London

April 24th, 2014 by Kara in News

  Seven Pillars Institute for Global Finance and Ethics (SPI) is to collaborate with the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) at Queen Mary University of London on ethics, law and regulation in finance. The aim of the collaboration is to foster a dialogue on important ethical policy issues affecting the financial services industry. SPI is the only independent think-tank focused on research and education in financial ethics. The Institute is at the forefront of shaping the emergent field of financial ethics and increasing awareness of this practical area of global finance. Dr. Kara ...

Integrated Reporting: An Interview with Superna Khosla, PwC London

April 17th, 2014 by Kara in Case Studies

 By: Calvin Benedict *The views expressed herein are those of the person being interviewed and do not necessarily reflect those of the Organization to which she is affiliated. Our Research Associate Calvin Benedict gained a unique insight into Integrated Reporting through his Q&A session with Superna Khosla. Ms. Khosla is an Integrated Reporting Policy and Network Lead at PwC, London. Prior to this, she was the Relationships Director at the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC). Ms. Khosla certainly brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in her field of expertise, where she ...

Chinese Investments in Africa: The Ethics of Transparency

April 7th, 2014 by Kara in News

By: Richard Hudson China’s investments in Africa attract considerable interest as the Chinese government expands its diplomatic engagement with the rest of the developing world. In particular, this engagement has seen large amounts of money invested from the People’s Republic of China into some of the poorest countries in Africa; Angola, Ethiopia and Sudan to name just a few. There are questions about the ethical implications of this lending, especially considering the poor human rights record of many of these African states. One specific aspect is considered here: the lack of ...