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28th January, 2021

XLRI - Xavier School of Management is all set to organize the 28th Annual JRD TATA Oration on Business Ethics on 6th February 2021 on virtual mode.

This year, the oration is to be delivered by Fr. Stephan Rothlin, S.J., Ph.D.Director of the Macau Ricci Institute, and CEO of Rothlin International Management Consulting Ltd.  He would deliver the oration on the topic "China The Emerging Superpower: The Ethical Underpinnings".

Fr. P. Christie, S. J. Director, XLRI commented, "XLRI has always placed on the forefront the importance of pursuing an ethical code of conduct in the corporate world. We believe that no management education curriculum is really complete unless and until the students are instilled with a set of abiding values - that are indispensable ingredients for any aspiring business leader in today's world. XLRI is the first B-school in the country to introduce a core course on "Managerial Ethics" for its HRM and BM programs. Each year, XLRI confers a medal to the best student in Managerial Ethics at the institute's annual convocation."

"We are delighted to have Fr. (Dr.) Stephan Rothlin, S.J. to deliver the oration on the 28th Year of JRD TATA Oration on Business Ethics' and inspire our students with his thought-provoking words. XLRI has been organizing the 'JRD Tata Oration on Business Ethics' for our students to listen to their role models and leaders and understand the need and importance of ethics in business as well as inspire them to follow these ethical codes of conduct in their professional and personal lives", he added.

Brief Profile of Fr. (Dr.) Stephan Rothlin, S.J.
Dr. Stephan Rothlin is Director of Macau Ricci Institute (www.riccimac.org).  He is also the founder and CEO of Rothlin International Management Consulting Ltd., located in Beijing and Hong Kong (www.rothlin.org). He is a Jesuit priest from Switzerland who has been working in China for the last 22 years. His teaching and research interests are focused on international business ethics and responsible entrepreneurship, focusing on China. He provides educational consulting services to encourage corporate social responsibility. He advocates business communities and society at large the values of honesty, integrity, respect, transparency, and responsibility as indispensable elements for business excellence.

Dr. Rothlin earned his PhD in moral theology at the State University of Innsbruck, Austria and is fluent in six languages, including Mandarin Chinese, English, Spanish, Italian, French, and German. From 2005 - 2013, he was Secretary-General for the center for International Business Ethics, Beijing, and Chairman of the Association of International Business Ethics in Hong Kong. He has become a sought-after speaker on international business ethics throughout business schools in Asia. 

XLRI - JRD Tata Foundation in Business Ethics
XLRI- Xavier School of Management, in association with a few select Tata Group Companies, established in 1991 the XLRI - JRD Tata Foundation in Business Ethics, to mark their long-standing commitment and contribution to business ethics in India. The Foundation seeks to address itself by publicly affirming the urgent need for ethics in business and the need to bring about a conducive culture in which it can thrive. The activities that are envisaged by this Foundation are an annual 'JRD Tata Oration on Business Ethics,' recognition and presentation of the 'JRD Tata Award for Business Ethics' to an eminent person who has distinguished oneself in business ethics, and the setting up of the JRD Tata Chair in Business Ethics at XLRI for the advancement of research in this field. XLRI is the first B-school in the country to introduce a core course on "Managerial Ethics" for both its HRM and BM programs. Each year, XLRI confers a medal to the best student in Managerial Ethics at the institute's annual convocation.

About XLRI

XLRI-Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur, is a premier, private management institute in India founded in 1949 by Fr Quinn Enright, S.J. in the 'steel city' of Jamshedpur (www.xlri.ac.in). Over the last seven decades, the institute has grown into a top-ranking business management school of international repute with a wide portfolio of management programs and research publications. Its alumni are spread around the globe and have demonstrated responsible business leadership in their organizations. XLRI continually strives to contribute its mite to the professional growth and management of numerous organizations and institutions across industry sectors. XLRI has been awarded two prestigious International Accreditations, viz., AACSB - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and AMBA - Association of MBAs. XLRI has also earned the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) accreditation.