THE FORUM / Romanian Edition

The Romanian Ethics & Compliance Forum (ECF RO) is the local chapter of the European Ethics & Compliance Forum (ECF EU) and was established by the Centre for Advanced Research in Management and Applied Ethics as part of its efforts to set up the European Ethics & Compliance Association (EECA) and strengthen the European Ethics & Compliance professional community. It was officially launched in Spring 2015 and its first edition was scheduled for February 11, 2016.

ECF RO is taking place every two years in Bucharest, Romania. Its role is to build up the local community of Ethics & Compliance professionals, one that thinks beyond mere compliance (law observance and enforcement) and promote moral leadership. This is the reason for seeking out speakers that can bring the best experience in the field and presented in a professional-relevant and not business-relevant way. In other words, no business/company presentation will be ever accepted for any ECF RO edition.

The second objective of ECF RO is to promote integrity in Romanian business sector. By emphasizing the role of ethical values in organisational performance, by highlighting the ethics & compliance risks and vulnerabilities, by taking the tone at the top beyond mere business discourse, by putting Ethics & Compliance training on the right track, by making internal communication count for ethical behavior, by making organisational psychology and business ethics work in favour of businesses and their stakeholders, etc., the organisers hope to contribute to a better ethical climate in Romanian economic sector. The corruption scandals that affected the reputation of several industries (Banking, Pharma, Retail, Infrastructure, IT) illustrate significant vulnerabilities in this part of the European common market. Without practicing moral blindness or being naïve, the ECF RO staff and organisers are trying to make ethics count in real business contexts.

Though ECF RO takes place in Romania, its aim goes beyond Romanian borders. This event serves also as a Central and Eastern European hub or expertise platform for Ethics & Compliance professionals. In other other words, ECF RO welcomes contributions from any Central and Eastern European company or professional interested in promoting Integrity at regional and local levels.

ECF RO is permanent partner of Ethics & Compliance Academy and International Sustainability Academy, two training facilities belonging to the Centre for Advanced Research in Management and Applied Ethics. Some of the expertise behind the curtains of ECF RO comes from these two institutions. From this point of view, the ECF RO organisers highly appreciate research-based approach to particular Ethics & Compliance topics instead of gut-telling or intuition.