On Sunday, April 30, 2017 the Pearl Initiative organised a lecture for students of Ahlia University in Bahrain as part of its series of student presentations around the Gulf Region raising awareness about the topics of business ethics, integrity and anti-corruption. 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 Dawood Al Ashhab, Assistant General Manager, Human Resources & General Services at Bahrain Islamic Bank (BISB) who demonstrated the importance of Integrity practices by providing firsthand examples from his experience at BISB.

Key issues affecting companies in the Gulf include:
• It is important for businesses to tailor international regulations to be regionally relevant and incorporating them into their organisations.

• Integrity practices have an impact from the perspective of employees as it helps maintain the trust of the company.