Ethics.be was designed as a forum to bring together people and issues that tend to be separated by the gaps that have appeared between the different disciplines, inside as well as outside the academy.
The focus is to assist people in finding the information they require in order to make sound decisions.
When it comes to ethical reflection, people often have no clear idea about where to turn for advice or guidance. For instance, if someone working at a trade union or an employers’ federation is interested in finding out more about corporate governance, so that she can give well-founded advice to the federation’s members, then where does she begin to look?
If someone from a religious or cultural organization is planning an information session for its members on the subject of “human cloning” and the new issues raised by such technological innovations, where can he go to find scientific reports and news items about recent developments?
If someone working in policy preparation at a government ministry needs to get in touch with experts in the field of privacy protection and digital signatures, in order to hear their opinions about some draft legislation, where should he begin his search?
These are just a few of the varied demands that Ethics.be seeks to address.
The new website is intended to provide a starting point for these and similar investigations into the concrete role played by ethical concerns in our professional and personal lives. It should be an initial point of reference for anyone interested in finding out more about ethics in Belgium.