On Monday, September 25, 2017 the Pearl Initiative organised a lecture for the students of Effat University in Jeddah, KSA as part of its series of student presentations around the Gulf Region aimed at raising awareness about the topics of business ethics, integrity and anti-corruption. Over 80 students from the colleges of Business, Engineering and Architecture attended the lecture. the purpose of this series is to bring successful business leaders and students together and to inform students on how these topics are applied in practice by businesses in the Gulf region and how they contribute to the overall success and growth of a company or organisation.

The lecture was delivered by Mohammed Tamer, CEO and Partner of the Tamer Group who has over 25 years of business experience in the Gulf region. Mr. Tamer introduced the importance of business ethics to the students and explained why it is necessary for the smooth flow of a business.

Mr. Tamer initiated his presentation by introducing the students to the concept of corruption and integrity practices. This was followed by a brief description on common misconduct in organisations and the cost associated with it, as well as the benefits of managing ethics in the workplace. With a major emphasis on differentiating between morals and ethics, Mr. Tamer further explained in a business environment what is considered unethical behaviour and what steps did Tamer Group undertake to detect, prevent and mitigate the impact of such behaviours.

Mr. Tamer explained what were the common causes of unethical behaviour and presented some real-life examples from Tamer Group of unethical behaviour that occurred in the past and provided the students with hypothetical scenarios aimed at engaging them in discussions and debates. Mr. Tamer then showcased to the students that actions that Tamer Group took to resolve the issues and opened the floor for Q&As.