IBECC and LMU’s IBESCC?

A message from Professor Thomas White regarding the relationship between IBECC and LMU’s International Business Ethics and Sustainability Case Competition (IBESCC).

I have a received a number of inquiries asking about the relationship between IBECC and Loyola Marymount University’s new competition (International Business Ethics and Sustainability Case Competition) and my connection with the latter.

Although IBECC began in 1996 on the LMU campus, and although the university remained our major supporter, IBECC became a multi-organizational entity over the years. The Opus College of Business of the University of Saint Thomas (MN), the Center for Business Ethics at Bentley University, and the Donahue Center for Business Ethics and Social Responsibility at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell became, over time, other significant partners. In 2018, LMU decided to leave the group and launch a new competition that would be “LMU and LA Centric” and would focus on issues of sustainable development. IBESCC would be held on the LMU campus, and it would draw exclusively from judges in the Los Angeles area. In one way, it would expand the range of acceptable cases–nonprofit and governmental organizations would now be allowed. In other ways, the range of acceptable cases was dramatically limited–all topics would have to relate to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Because LMU wanted IBESCC to be built on a structure similar to that of IBECC, I was asked to help get the new event off the ground. Accordingly, we suspended IBECC for 2019. After IBESCC was successful launched, I retired from LMU. I no longer have any connection with IBESCC. Of course, we wish LMU nothing but the greatest success with their new venture.

Regarding IBECC’s future, we are now an independent 501c3, and we are honored to announce that as of mid-October, the following have agreed to support the competition next April. The Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas will be our Presenting Partner. They are joined by: the Abigail Adams Institute at Harvard University; the Center for Business Ethics and Governance at Saint Anselm College; the Ciocca Center for Business, Ethics and Society at the College of the Holy Cross; the Donahue Center for Business Ethics and Social Responsibility at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell; the Ethics & Compliance Initiative; the Isenberg School of Business at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; and the W. Michael Hoffman Center for Business Ethics at Bentley University. We are currently in discussions with more schools, and we expect our list of partners to grow.

This will be our 23rd competition and will be staffed by the same group of experienced ├╝berjudges who have been with us for years. As usual, the full range of business ethics topics will be acceptable. We will also continue to hold our “World’s Most Intellectually Daunting Biathlon” as a fundraiser for a worthy cause. Details will be announced as things fall into place.

Thanks for your patience and support.

Thomas White
IBECC Founder and Executive Director