Especially young job starters can find themselves quickly in a moral dilemma situation in which they are expected to act correctly, but the necessary life and work experience is not yet available. To raise awareness of economic-ethical issues in society and business among the next generation was one of the aims of the event organised by Business Keeper AG and Stiftung der deutschen Wirtschaft (sdw), to which numerous sdw scholarship holders found their way to Berlin last Friday.
The event was held under the motto "Fighting against white-collar crime: The importance of business ethics for the preservation of our society - and what each individual can contribute". The informative presentations from different areas showed the participants how business ethics and compliance can be implemented in working life. Elke Schaefer, Chief Compliance Officer of Flughafengesellschaft Berlin Brandenburg GmbH, provided insights from a company's perspective, using previous compliance incidents to show the students how the internal compliance management system enables prevention and detection. Thomas Dombek, experienced criminologist and head of the department of the Central Office for Corruption/Internal Investigations of the Lower Saxony State Criminal Investigation Office, also reported on his everyday work as an investigator, his fight against corruption and white-collar crime and how this has been significantly supported by the successful use of the BKMS® system for over 15 years.
After a welcome by sdw General Secretary Dr. Arndt Schnöring, Kenan Tur, who has been working as an sdw trust manager on a voluntary basis for over 10 years, gave an introduction to the topic. As the founder and CEO of Business Keeper AG he also gave the students an insight into his path as founder and his intrinsic motivation to develop the first electronic whistleblower system.
With Jan Kersten, Alumnus of the sdw and head of customer service at Business Keeper, and Jens Gräßler, responsible for business development, the participants also gained insights into the practical day-to-day work in the areas of compliance, business ethics and the role IT plays in combating white-collar crime.