Insights - at a price

August 18, 2000

I see from the provisional programme for the 13th Annual Conference of the European Business Ethics Network being held at Cambridge University next month that students are to be charged Pounds 175. Those wishing to attend the doctoral workshop on business ethics have to pay Pounds 85.

In view of the fact that this network is a non-profit organisation, which must be congratulated for having already clinched sponsorship from Arthur Andersen and PricewaterhouseCoopers (neither exactly penniless, unlike many students), it seems a pity that potential business leaders of tomorrow studying at Cambridge will not be allowed to benefit from the learning of eminent speakers - more than 80 presentations promising "a rich mix of insights, ideas and perspectives" - unless they pay up.

Delegates fortunate enough to be able to afford such a conference might start by debating the ethics of exclusion.

Suzi Clark London N21

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