On Wednesday, 18 April 2018, the Pearl Initiative organised a lecture for the students of Princess Nourah bint Abdul Rahman University in Riyadh, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as part of its series of student presentations around the Gulf Region aimed at raising awareness about the issues of business ethics, integrity and anti-corruption. The purpose of this lecture series is to bring successful business leaders and students together and to inform students about how these topics are applied in practice by businesses in the Gulf Region, and how they contribute to the overall success and growth of an organisation.

The lecture, attended by approximately 80 students, was delivered by Mr Sulaiman Al Sudais, General Counsel and Legal Director at KPMG Saudi Arabia. Mr Sulaiman Al Sudais initiated the session by introducing the topic of ethical and integrity practices in business and highlighted the importance of implementing such practices, as well as the negative impacts that may befall an organization’s reputation and overall wellbeing by not adhering to integrity-related practices.

Mr Al Sudais then discussed the importance of educating employees on the benefits of implementing best practices, as well as ensuring organisations are performing third party due diligence on their stakeholders to prevent potential associations with unethical practices. The lecture was then opened up for Q&As from the student attendees. We would like to extend our gratitude to KPMG for their commitment to business ethics, and for collaborating with us for the student lecture. We would also like to thank the staff, faculty and students of Princess Nourah bint Abdul Rahman University for their time and engagement with our programme.