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A message from Thomas White, Founder and Executive Director of IBECC.

In appreciation of the fact that Loyola Marymount University has been IBECC’s primary partner, we are deferring to LMU for 2019 and helping them launch a new Business Ethics and Sustainability Case Competition modeled after IBECC.

The Business Ethics and Sustainability Case Competition will be held April 10-12, 2019 in Los Angeles, at the Silicon Beach campus of Loyola Marymount University and the Marina del Rey Marriott.

Dec. 4 update: For more detailed information and to register, visit the LMU site by clicking here.

The competition will use the format and method of IBECC, with expanded opportunities of focus and analysis. In addition to the traditional legal, financial and ethical analysis applied to business, a new focus on sustainable development gives teams the opportunity to include NGOs, non-profits, public/private partnerships, etc. Accordingly, all teams will be expected to choose topics related to sustainable development and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org) and to include in their analyses SDG indicators, ESG reporting, stakeholder analysis, etc.. As the responsibility of sustainable development, for business and society, is becoming universally recognized, this competition will enable teams to engage the ethical dimensions of sustainable development.

It is important for teams who have participated in IBECC to recognize that the requirement that topics be related to sustainable development means that a number of business ethics topics that are appropriate for IBECC are not appropriate for the Business Ethics and Sustainability Case Competition. For example: accounting and finance, privacy, data hacking, some issues related to self-driving cars, ethical issues in the business of sports, nonhuman animals, some issues in AI, cryptocurrencies, some ethical issues in ride-sharing and Airbnb, advertising, marketing, etc. If you have any questions about your topic, you should contact Jeff Thies at Jeffrey.Thies@lmu.edu.

Jeff Thies, D. Min., Director, Institute for Business Ethics and Sustainability, Loyola Marymount University, and Chiray Koo, M.A., will oversee the competition. Thomas I. White, Ph.D., Founder of IBECC and Inaugural Conrad N. Hilton Chair in Business Ethics, Loyola Marymount University will assist.

Additional details will be posted as they become available.


The International Business Ethics Case Competition is the premier international event of its kind. Founded in 1996 by Professor Thomas White at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, our 2018 event was supported by LMU, the Donahue Center for Business Ethics & Social Responsibility at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas, the W. Michael Hoffman Center for Business Ethics at Bentley University, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Raytheon, Prudential, Meggitt LLC, the Robert and Christine Emmons Foundation, and The Rowena Yarak Schaber Scholarship Foundation.