Ethical Complexities of International Business Entering 2022

  • December 10, 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom webinar

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Ethical Complexities of International Business Entering 2022

A webinar by the International Trade Club of Chicago.


Many of the ethical issues in international business are rooted in differences in political systems, laws, economic development, and culture across countries. What is considered normal practice in one nation may be considered unethical in another. Also, what is illegal in one country may even be normal ethical business practice in another. These unique complexities makes it incredibly difficult to come up with a global standards in ethics, corporate social responsibility, and sustainability. When companies plan their long-term expansion into a foreign environment, they need to be particularly sensitive to these differences. Thus, acting in accordance with ethical and cultural values is crucial for any multinational company to win clients’ support and business and to achieve a competitive advantage in a particular market. In this presentation, the speakers shall discuss some practicalities associated with the most common ethical issue areas in international business setting, with particular focus on ways to incorporate corporate social responsibility into sourcing operations, and ethical dimensions of the Sino-American Trade War 2022 .

Presented by:

  • Raj Bhala: Raj Bhala, is the Brenneisen Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Kansas School of Law.  Bhala is a Senior Advisor to Dentons U.S. LLP.  Working from the Dentons Kansas City office with the Public Policy and Regulation team, Bhala consults on International Trade Law, Islamic Law (Sharī‘a), Law of India, and related matters.  A Bloomberg columnist, Bhala writes “On Point,” a regular analysis of international law and economics for Bloomberg Quint, based in Mumbai, India. Bhala’s scholarly reputation in international trade is global, based in part on a sustained, prolific publication record.  That record includes a treatise, “Modern GATT Law,” in its two-volume second edition, and “International Trade Law,” a four-volume textbook in its fifth edition.  He is the first non-Muslim American law professor to write a comprehensive textbook in the field, "Understanding Islamic Law Shari'a)."
  • Jennifer Jin: Jennifer Jin is Counsel at Briggs & Stratton, LLC where she works on issues related to corporate legal compliance, international trade/sanction law, anti-bribery/anti-corruption (FCPA). In her previous role as Chief Legal Officer for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the public-private entity responsible for statewide economic development on behalf of the State of Wisconsin, she ensured as lead counsel for the largest Wisconsin tax credit award in state history - a $2.85 billion-dollar tax credit incentive – that the contract terms clearly articulated the commitments and obligations with specific emphasis on incorporating ironclad enforcement and collection rights as to any potential clawbacks against internationally based entities and individuals.
  • Lauren Pittelli: Lauren has built a thirty-year career helping logistics companies and shippers navigate the unique challenges of international shipping, logistics and compliance. Her consulting services focus on 3PL selection and management, international cargo tender management and global logistics training. For 3PLs she offers start up, strategic planning and performance enhancement services. Prior to starting Baker, Lauren held senior roles at leading freight forwarding firms where she managed in excess of $450 million in international freight, customs and contract logistics activity per year. Most recently the U.S. CEO for GEFCO-Forwarding, Lauren is also experienced in addressing challenges faced by smaller startups.

This presentation is designed for corporate executive and global trade practitioners who:

  • Whose company operate in multiple jurisdictions around the world.
  • Need insights on the ethical dimensions of the Sino-American trade war.
  • Are interested in learning specific strategies that their organization need to adopt now to lessen the likelihood of future disruptions to their businesses.
    • No charge for ITCC members and their guests
    • $15 for non members


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    Welcome and introductions by:

    • Ngosong Fonkem, Page Fura P.C.


    Moderated by:

    • Steve Kase, Vice President, International Trade Club of Chicago
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