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Lord Griffiths: Restoring Trust in the Banking System

This is an excerpt from the The Mais Lecture: Restoring Trust in the Banking System at Cass Business School, May 24th 2017. For the full text, please click here.   It is a great honour to be invited to deliver the Mais Lecture this year, the 38th occasion on which it has been given.  It […]

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Richard Godden: “Wealth, Poverty and Politics” by Thomas Sowell

  How much of modern Western social and economic policy is based on properly interpreted factual evidence and how much on unexamined assumptions and ideology? In Wealth, Poverty and Politics, Thomas Sowell, the venerable Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, sets out to demonstrate that rather more than is healthy is based […]

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Cameron Hepburn: Carbon Trading – Unethical, Unjust and Ineffective?

  Carbon Trading – Unethical, Unjust and Ineffective? by Cameron Hepburn was presented at the “Green Markets, Sustainable Business” conference on Thursday 2nd March 2017, at One Great George Street, London.            

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Richard Turnbull: What is the purpose of a company?

  In 1987 ICI, one of the leading chemical conglomerates at the time, described its purpose as follows: ICI aims to be the world’s leading chemical company serving customers internationally through the innovative and responsible application of chemistry and related science. Through the achievement of our aim we will enhance the wealth and well-being of […]

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Green Markets, Sustainable Business – March, 2017

The Centre for Enterprise, Markets & Ethics (CEME) held a conference on ‘Green Markets, Sustainable Business’. Hosted by CEME and sponsored by CCLA Investment Management, the event focused on the green economy, investment trends in sustainable energy, and the environment. It proved to be a terrific debate with passionate engagements from both the speakers and the […]

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Richard Godden: “Managing as if Faith Mattered” by Helen Alford & Michael Naughton

  “Managing as if Faith Mattered” is the first volume in the Catholic Social Tradition Series, published by the University of Notre Dame Press in response to Pope John Paul II questioning how many Christians really know and put into practice the principles of the Catholic Church’s social doctrine. Its target audience is thus, first […]

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Ben Cooper: “The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism” by Michael Novak

Revd Dr Ben Cooper is Minister for Training at Christ Church Fulwood in Sheffield. He holds doctoral degrees in both Theology and Economics. Before training for ordained ministry, he was a post-doctoral research fellow in economic theory at Nuffield College, Oxford. He is married to Catherine and has three children. Martin Novak is an American […]

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Richard Turnbull: “Good News for the Poor” by Theodore W. Jennings

  John Wesley’s influence in the history of Christianity is indisputable. His movement for ‘scriptural holiness,’ his foundation of Methodism as both movement and denomination, his organisational prowess, his spiritual passion for the established church, all form part of his legacy. His Journals, letters and sermons are a goldmine of information and insight. Naturally this […]

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Edward Carter: “Capital and the Kingdom – Theological Ethics and Economic Order” by Tim Gorringe

I first read this book shortly after it was published in 1994, at a time when I was starting to explore the interface between Christian ethics and economics. Re-reading it some twenty years later has been instructive, now that this field has been developed rather more and is taken seriously again by at least some […]

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Andrei Rogobete: “The Shareholder Value Myth” by Lynn Stout

  They often say ‘never to judge a book by its cover’, that initial external appearances can distort or even deceive the audience from the content that lies within. Well, it must be said that this principle doesn’t apply here. The Shareholder Value Myth by Lynn Stout attempts to achieve exactly what the title entails: […]

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Richard Godden: “Why Business Matters to God” by Jeff Van Duzer

“Why Business Matters to God” is addressed to Christians. Jeff Van Duzer, now Provost of Seattle Pacific University and formerly Dean of its School of Business and Economics, suggests that Christians in business “have often been made to feel like second-class citizens in God’s kingdom” (page 9). His aim is to counter the attitudes that […]

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Richard Godden: “Business for the Common Good” by Scott Rae and Kenman Wong

  The concept of “the common good” dates back at least to Aristotle and has been used by political theorists, moral philosophers and economists down the ages, including people as diverse as Thomas Aquinas, John Locke and Adam Smith. It is a basic concept in Catholic social teaching and is easily understandable by all. However, […]

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Andrei Rogobete: Ethics in Global Business

The Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics (CEME) is pleased to announce the publication of Ethics in Global Business by Andrei Rogobete. A sample of the publication can be found here. For the full version, please contact CEME’s offices via email at: office@theceme.org or by telephone at, (+44) 0186 5513 453.        

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God and Enterprise: Towards a Theology of the Entrepreneur – November, 2016

  CCLA Investment Management and the Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics held a book launch, lecture, panel discussion and reception.  Author Revd Canon Edward Carter spoke about his new book, published by The Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics as part of its series on Enterprise and Faith. A distinguished panel included Joanna Moriarty, Lord […]

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What is the “Common Good”? – October, 2016

The Center for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics, in conjunction with Campion Hall (University of Oxford),  held a roundtable discussion on the “Common Good”.   We were delighted to have, among others: Brian Griffiths (Lord Griffiths) – Chairman, Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics Revd Dr James Hanvey – Master, Campion Hall Professor Philip Booth – […]

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Martin Schlag: Business in Catholic Social Thought

The Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics (CEME) is pleased to announce the publication of Business in Catholic Social Thought by Martin Schlag. A sample of the publication can be found here. For the full version, please contact CEME’s offices via email at: office@theceme.org or by telephone at, (+44) 0186 5513 453.      

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The Challenge of Social Welfare: Seeking a New Consensus

The Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics (CEME) is pleased to announce the publication of The Challenge of Social Welfare: Seeking a New Consensus by Brian Griffiths, Richard Turnbull, James Perry and Maurice Glasman. A sample of the publication can be found here. For the full version, please contact CEME’s offices via email at: office@theceme.org or by telephone at, (+44) 0186 […]

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Is there a moral case for a low-tax economy? – June, 2016

The Center for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics held an event on “Tax and Morality – Is there a moral case for a low-tax economy?” We were delighted to have, among others, Mr Alister Heath (Deputy Editor, The Telegraph) and Mr Andrew Sentance CBE (Former member Monetary Policy Committee, Senior Economic Adviser to PwC) as guest speakers. The event took place on Tuesday, 14th […]

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Christianity, Politics, the Poor and the Planet – October, 2015

On Wednesday the 21st of October, CEME Chairman Lord Brian Griffiths and Dr. Richard Turnbull (Director), took part in a conference held at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) in London. The focus of the event was to challenge and debate concepts within “Christianity, politics, the poor and the planet“. The event was formed of two panels, one on poverty and […]

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The Challenge of Social Welfare: Thinking Through the Principles – July, 2015

On behalf of Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach and Michael Quicke OBE, Chief Executive of CCLA Investment Management Limited, CEME held an event on the 16th of July 2015 that focused on The challenge of social welfare: Thinking through the principles. We would probably all agree that poverty is scar upon humanity. However, that is where agreement often […]

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Newsletter – April 2015

A message from the Director, Dr Richard Turnbull: Tax and morality Is the purpose of taxation payment for common services (defence, health, welfare) or a tool for the redistribution of wealth? That decision, and the balance between them, is a political one. However, there is nothing intrinsically moral about either high or progressive taxation. First, higher rates of taxation may not raise […]

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Quaker Capitalism: Lessons for Today? – November, 2014

The frugality and simplicity of the Quaker character encouraged the patient wait for economic return in entrepreneurial activity – the precise opposite of the greed that seems so much at the forefront today. On the 26th of November 2014, the Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics held a discussion on Quaker Capitalism: Lessons for today?   We […]

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Newsletter – October 2014

A message from the Director, Dr Richard Turnbull: The market and morality The market economy is not perfect. However, we do sometimes forget that it is the market that has delivered significant prosperity to the world and lifted millions of people out of poverty. Improvements in literacy and sanitation have contributed to a significant reduction in the […]

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Conversations in Business II – February, 2013

The second in the series “Conversations in Business” was held on 21 February 2013. The papers presented by the panellists, on the topic “Regulation and the British Economy : Freeing up the Enterprise Economy” can be found here. The panel consisted of: Bernard Grenville-Jones, Businessman & Entrepreneur – click here Baroness Judith Wilcox – click here Dr Richard […]

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Newsletter – Summer 2014

A message from the Director, Quaker Capitalism and virtuous companies I am fascinated that in the early years of the industrial revolution some of the great businesses were established by Quakers – not least the first iron foundry established by Abraham Darby. There were many others, Cadbury, Rowntree, Clarks’ Shoes, Barclays and Lloyds. Why was this so? The answer […]

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