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The Center for Business Ethics at Albers supports the Northwest Ethics Network, an independent group of ethics and compliance officers from the business, non-profit, and government sectors. With more than 30 member organizations represented, the group meets quarterly to share ideas, discuss challenges and learn from leaders in the field of ethics and compliance.
The NWEN was formed in 1993 to give ethics and compliance officers an opportunity to network with one another and share information and best practices for building ethical organizations. The purpose of the group is to share information and support each other in a field that is growing and continually changing.
NWEN membership is limited to those currently working in organizational ethics and compliance programs or in functional areas that serve this purpose. NWEN members come from corporations, nonprofits, and government.
We meet four times a year. Meetings are typically for two hours over breakfast. Members also have the opportunity to connect with each other through e-mail. NWEN maintains a contact list so members can connect with each other outside of meetings to solicit advice and network on a variety of topics.
The Northwest Ethics Network meets at Seattle University. Occasionally, we meet at the offices of member organizations which we arrange in advance. In addition to these meetings, members of NWEN are invited to conferences, workshops and events hosted by Seattle University and the Center for Business Ethics which are held periodically throughout the year.
NWEN members suggest and decide on meeting topics in advance. Guest speakers or members at-large lead the sessions. Once each year the meeting topic is held “open” so members can bring up topics or specific challenges they are facing in their workplace for discussion.
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The Northwest Ethics Networks does not collect dues and does not have a formal charter or bylaws. The group and its meetings are funded by the Center for Business Ethics and the Frank Shrontz Chair for Professional Ethics at Seattle University’s Albers School for Business and Economics.
Membership to NWEN is free and open to professionals who have organizational positions in ethics and/or compliance areas. For information about joining the Northwest Ethics Network please contact J.P. McCarvel at the Center for Business Ethics at Albers via firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 206-398-4594.