Joan Dubinsky

Portrait of Joan Elise Dubinsky, Director of Ethics office.

Joan Dubinsky has been a champion for ethics, compliance, and responsible business conduct within the international, government, non-profit and business sectors for more than 30 years.  She is a leader in the global business ethics movement, having served as the chief ethicist for several leading international organizations and corporations, including the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, BAE Systems, Inc., and the American Red Cross.

Ms. Dubinsky served as the Director, UN Ethics Office/Chief Ethics Officer for the United Nations between 2010 and 2015, reporting directly to the Secretary-General.  She chaired the Ethics Panel of the United Nations, promoting coherence among ethics functions within the UN System.

She also directs the Rosentreter Group, a management consulting practice, teaches and lectures at a number of universities, and is a Board member with Foundation, a Swiss charity.

With Alan Richter, PhD., Ms. Dubinsky co-authored Global Ethics and Integrity Benchmarks (2008 and 2015 editions).  She was a contributing author to the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association’s Ethics and Compliance Handbook, which documented best practices in the field of corporate compliance. Ms. Dubinsky led The Conference Board’s Research Working Group on Working at the Intersection of Human Resources, Ethics & Compliance. Her work in ethics training was prominently featured in Ethics Matters: How to Implement Values-Driven Management, by Dawn-Marie Driscoll and W. Michael Hoffman (2000).  Her work on investigations was highlighted in Blackwell’s Companion to Business Ethics, ed. by Robert Fredericks (1999).

Ms. Dubinsky received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin and her undergraduate degree in Religious Philosophy from the Residential College, University of Michigan, where she was a Phi Beta Kappa. The Center for Professional Responsibility in Business and Society is proud to call her a Fellow!

Recently, Center Fellow Joan Dubinsky co-authored and published three new international and multi-disciplinary business ethics case studies. Each case addresses timely and tough ethical questions about doing business outside of the familiar confines of one’s own home country. The authors worked with teams of undergraduate business students to research and present draft cases and then to develop extensive teaching notes for leading interactive classroom discussions. The cases look at IPO’s and the hiring of children of government officials; mining of rare earth minerals and the lure of corruption in developing countries; and duties to stakeholders when the supply chain proves unsteady. All three cases are morally complex, and challenge readers to look outward and foster a global perspective.

See: McManus Warnell, J. and Dubinsky, J.E., “Business Students and Faculty on the Same Side of the Desk: Engaged Students and Collaborative Faculty Present Three New International Business Ethics Case Studies,” Journal of Business Ethics Education. 13:2017-242 (2017).


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