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business ethics course is aimed at UK schoolchildren

May 2001

An educational charity has launched the first business ethics course for UK schoolchildren in an attempt to inculcate socially responsible attitudes into the next generation of business people.

The Money & Morals curriculum for 15-18 year olds has been set up by the Jewish Association for Business Ethics.

The 20-week lesson-based course has been developed for all faiths and cultures. It is designed to be taught within national curriculum subjects such as personal, social and health education, religious education, business studies or economics.

The lessons can also run as part of the new citizenship curriculum, which will be compulsory for schools in 2002.

The course consists of six modules covering social responsibility, advertising and misrepresentation, bribery and corruption, fair competition, employment issues and transparency. Each student will receive a pack of materials linked to a ‘trigger video’ showing case studies.

Jabe executive director Lorraine Spector said around 30 schools had ordered materials since the launch in late March.

A panel of 20 business people has been trained to take part in Money & Morals, but Spector said she also wanted businesses to present real life situations to students.

‘We’d like teachers to invite business people to come in for one or two lessons to talk about subjects on the course and to discuss how they have tackled them,’ she said. ‘We see it very much as a partnership between education and business’.

Jabe was formed in 1991 ‘to encourage high standards of integrity in business and professional conduct’ and to teach an ethical approach to business. It is funded by public companies and individual donations and is chaired by Stephen Rubin, chairman of Robert Stephen Holdings. Its vice chairman is Stephen Zimmerman, joint chief operating officer of Merrill Lynch Investment Managers.

The launch was held at the House of Commons. Attendees included UK secretary of state for education, David Blunkett.




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