Training Workshop on the Codes of Conduct and Good Corporate Governance
On February 1st, 7th, and 17th, Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane’s (AUI) Center for Business Ethics (CBE)—in collaboration with the General Confederation of Firms in Morocco within Rabat-Salé-Kénitra (CGEM RSK)—organized a training workshop on the proper codes of conduct and good corporate governance within the workplace. Perhaps the most noteworthy of the workshops was the fifth, which helped twenty or so business executives either build or revisit their respective organizations’ codes of conduct while also walking them through a wide array of implementation strategies for good governance.
“Codes of conduct” noted Dr. Wafa El Garah, the CBE Project Director” are prime mechanisms enabling firms to formulate governing principles, define standards, and diffuse shared values towards informing and shaping organizational conduct […] When rigorously implemented, adopting, enforcing and upholding codes of conduct are chief in building and sustaining corporate ethical health.”
To further this end, some of the other CBE training workshops included coaching sessions whose aims were to assist participating business executives to successfully implement the codes of conduct within their respective organizations. On the final day of training workshops, business executives were provided with an exchange platform that proposed experiential perspectives on crafting codes of conduct.
“The underlying purpose” concluded Dr. Wafa El Garah on this subject “is to foster a learning business community sharing and exchanging best practices towards adhering to the ethical principles underlying standards of conduct and promoting clean business.”
About the CBE:
AUI first launched the Center for Business Ethics (CBE) in 2015 as a center dedicated to enhancing integrity in the Moroccan workplace, and to raising awareness and promoting clean business in different sectors (namely energy, healthcare, industry, and urban infrastructure). Funded by Siemens, the CBE aims to become a major player in the fight against Moroccan corruption by training professionals, students, and educators, as well as conducting research projects. The CBE’s strategic activities revolve around disseminating good governance practices, developing curricula, organizing seminars, offering training opportunities, and conducting research. The CBE hopes to serve as a model that can be replicated in other universities throughout Morocco and other countries in the MENA region.
About the CGEM RSK:
The General Confederation of Firms in Morocco within Rabat-Salé-Kénitra (CGEM RSK) is one of the proximity networks owned by the CGEM that is dedicated to serving businesses operating in the Rabat, Salé, and Kénitra areas. Founded in 1989, the CGEM RSK seeks to examine issues pertaining to industries such as food, commerce and services, constructions and infrastructure, textile and leather, pharmaceuticals, and electricity and electronics in order to find creative solutions. The strategic actions employed by the CGEM RSK include the development of Human Capital, the reinforcement of social capital, the promotion of innovation, the development of firms’ networking, and the improvement of the business climate.
Edited by Liam Reilly