About the Canadian Business Ethics Research Network (CBERN)
Founded in 2007 by Dr. Wesley Cragg, Professor Emeritus of Business Ethics and Senior Scholar at York University’s Schulich School of Business in Toronto, CBERN mobilizes and profiles Canada’s rich pool of business ethics expertise across disciplines and sectors. CBERN creates opportunities for dialogue and knowledge sharing between business, economics, public policy, philosophy, law, political science, finance, environmental studies, sociology, and engineering. CBERN members come from a variety of backgrounds including academic, business, government, civil society, NGO, consultant and First Nations.
The project has evolved through many stages, including a series of cross-Canada, cross-sectoral workshops and a series of newsletters tracking the development of the Network. The workshops indicated the need for coordinating efforts in business ethics research in the country, which lent itself well to a web-based forum. Information regarding the Network was first posted to the web via the York University website.
CBERN supports strategic knowledge mobilization through a $2.1 million grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), private funding initiatives and creative partnerships. CBERN crosses academic disciplines and economic sectors, promoting research with impact in the Canadian context and internationally.
CBERN also aims to promote knowledge-sharing and partnerships within the field of business ethics and across private, governmental, voluntary and academic sectors. CBERN also aims to support work from inception to dissemination, from graduate student research and fellowship opportunities to promoting the projects of established professionals. Each of the three primary nodes of the website – Research, Capacity Building and Public Dialogue – describes their function towards this end.