18-19 October 2018, Bled – Slovenia

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We are co-organizing the conference with IEDC – Bled School of Management (IEDC) and SI.RISK association. Secure your seat at the central international event, dealing with current themes on compliance and business ethics. Please see the details of the program and the pricelist below (scroll down).

Conference topics will again be presented by excellent regional and international professionals. They are going to talk about how unethical leaders can suppress the progress of a whole country and how ethical leaders have the power to change the world for the better; About the added value of ethics and it’s role for a successful business, what are the competitive advantages of a good corporate communication and how a good compliance program can reduce the reputational risk. We will also talk about the influence that the development of international sanctions has for businesses, about new standards for transparency and what are common topics on solving the contrasting interests in the public and private sector relationship.

Two excellent stories from practice are going to be presented in addition: the Brussels Airport and the Croatian company Pliva, d.o.o., a member of  international pharmaceutical group Teva. At the ‘executive’ round-table, we will talk with esteemed guests about why the reputation can be considered as a company’s most valuable asset and how to best protect it.

Don’t miss on the program of the highest quality, an opportunity to upgrade your knowledge and to connect with more than 100 other experts. Be among them!

The formal part on the first day of the Conference is going to be rounded up with an award ceremony, where the certificates for the students who have studied for the ICA International Advanced Certificate in Business Compliance (awarded in association with Alliance Manchester Business school, the University of Manchester) will be presented to the successful graduands. We are going to spend the rest of the evening, leading into the second day of the Conference, in a relaxed and friendly spirit, to exchange our views on different topics and connect in a more informal way, at an evening reception with sparkling wine.

A 30% discount applies to members of the EISEP professional community, IEDC alumni members and SI.RISK members. A 15% discount applies to members of partner organizations; listed under the program below. We have also prepared special benefits for companies, which are going to apply three or more participants. For more information, see the information below or contact us at:

For participants of our fourth annual Conference on Compliance and Ethics, we have agreed on special conditions with Hotel Astoria***, and for those who wish an above-standard stay, Hotel Park**** in Bled.
HOTEL ASTORIA: the price of the preferential EICE tariff is 40 € per person per night in a double room, and 70 € per night in a single room (including breakfast). Surcharge for tourist tax is 1,5 € per person per day. Reservations available until the capacity is filled. You can complete your reservation at, using our special promo code CONFCE18 – it will unlock the agreed prices for you. For help see the picture below. Reservation deadline: September 17, 2018.HOTEL PARK: the price of the preferential EICE tariff is stated in the attached form (including breakfast). Surcharge for tourist tax is 1,5 € per person per day, every person also has a registration fee of 1 €. Reservations available until the capacity is filled. You can complete your reservation by filling out the attached form (Sava Hotels & Resorts) with relevant information and sending it back to Reservation deadline: October 7, 2018. HOTEL PARK RESERVATION FORM


Day 1, 18 October 2018

14:30 – 15:30  Welcome, registration EICE, IEDC
15:30 – 15:50 Introductory speeches

prof. dr. Danica Purg, president of IEDC – Bled School of Management

Andrijana Bergant, president of European Institute of Compliance and Ethics

15:50 – 17:40

Ethics in life and at work

– What determines our personal (and professional) ethics and why is it important

– Basic philosophical theory on Ethics and Ethical Decision Making

– Ethical Decision Making Models and Slovenian Managers – Survey

Matej Drašček, Chief Audit Executive, Hranilnica Lon, d.d.

How to shape personal competences for ethical leadership

– Ethical challenges we encounter in business and how to overcome them

– How unethical managers supress companies and even states and how ethical managers create a better world

Vera Mandić,  founder of Bspark Values-led Leadearship Academy, empowering talented professionals to make an impact, Spain

Ethical conduct of individuals and businesses, as a condition for sustainability of  the economy and societies

– ­ethics as a key part of social responsibility which adds value – with practical illustrations and examples

– which are the most current sustainability issues that trouble the World and Europe and what does it have to do with compliance and ethics

– the connection between personal and organizational ethics and between organizational ethics and sustainable success

prof. dr. René  Schmidpeter, professor at IEDC and secretary general of the WISE institute,  director of the Center for Advanced Sustainable Management (CASM) at Cologne Business School and the Dr. Jürgen Meyer Endowed Chair for International Business Ethics and CSR, CEO and owner of M3TRIX GmbH consultancy, Germany


17:40 – 18:00 Discussion
18:00-18:30 ICA Advanced Certificate in Business Compliance award ceremony, the first generation Slo/Cro Tom Perry, Senior Manager, ICA – International Compliance Association
18:30 – 19:30 Dinner IEDC facilities
20:30 Informal networking – reception with sparkling wine Outside of the school facilities. The exact location will be announced later.

Day 2, 19 October 2018

8:30-9:00 Welcome note

prof. dr. Danica Purg, president, IEDC – Bled School of Management

Maja Šušteršič, president, SI.RISK

Andrijana Bergant, president, EICE

9:00-10:00 I.       Corporate Governance

Good corporate governance as the safe-guard for protecting reputation

– Latest international standards for communication with stakeholders in corporate governance  added value and competitive advantages thereof for the company

– Social responsibility and aspects of reporting the non-financial data

Maria Gomes, Senior Policy Consultant at Quoted Companies Alliance (QCA), United Kingdom

How a good response to a catastrophic event can protect and even increase  reputation

– Real case example from  Brussels Airport Company

Michaël Dehert, Senior Client Executive – Risk Management, Marsh NV/SA, Belgium
9:45-10:00 Discussion
10:00 – 12:00 II.    Compliance Management System  and Reputational Risk

Lessons learned from world-class and regional collapses of reputation

– International examples of collapsed reputation, the causes and effects,

– Effective compliance management  for reducing reputational risk


Christopher Stringham, Risk specialist, Thomson Reuters, Austria


The effect of international sanctions on  companies’ operations

– Overview of current international sanctions and whom they are imposed against, their importance for world peace and the protection of human rights,

– The future development of  international sanctions policies and the effects on business operations

– The importance of observance of international sanctions and the consequences of infringement

Pekka Dare, Director for Training and Development, International Compliance Association (ICA), United Kingdom



Practical approaches to evaluating and assessing the reputation risk

Mojca Koder, Senior Manager, Forensic, PwC Slovenia

Oliver Currie, Manager, PWC Slovenia



How can a good compliance program help protect the reputation in good and difficult times

– Real case example from Pliva d.d.

Dajra Dedić, Associate director Compliance, SEE Region, Pliva d.o.o., Croatia
11:35 – 12:00 Panel discussion
12:00 – 12:20 Refreshment break
12:20 – 13:10 III. Business Ethics: a conflict of interest as a big threat to reputation

Importance of internal mechanisms for preventing  illegal and unethical conduct 

– Presence of fraud and corruption in Slovenia and its influence over business

10 anti-corruption principles for companies

Vid Doria, Transparency International – Slovenian Chapter

Frequent topics in resolving conflicts of interests issues in the relation public-private sector

– Experiences of  competent authority from the region

Nataša Novaković, President of the Commission for the Resolution of Conflicts of Interest, Croatia
13:00 – 13:15 Discussion
13:15 – 14:45 The executive round table: Reputation and Integrity  as Organization’s wealth and how to preserve it Tomaž Lanišek, CEO at Knauf Insulation; Per Sundbye, Partner at PwC Slovenia; Gabrijel Škof, CEO at Adriatic Slovenica d.d.; Rok Praprotnik, Director of Compliance and Integrity, NLB, d.d.; prof. dr. René Schmidpeter, as moderator
14:45 Lunch

*Organizer reserves the right to alter the programme, due to development of the events during organisation, on which we will keep you informed. 


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