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Albers School of Business and Economics
Center for Business Ethics

Northwest Ethics Network

The Center for Business Ethics at Albers supports the Northwest Ethics Network, an independent group of ethics and compliance officers from the business, non-profit, and government sectors. With more than 30 member organizations represented, the group meets quarterly to share ideas, discuss challenges and learn from leaders in the field of ethics and compliance.  

What is the purpose of the Northwest Ethics Network?

The NWEN was formed in 1993 to give ethics and compliance officers an opportunity to network with one another and share information and best practices for building ethical organizations. The purpose of the group is to share information and support each other in a field that is growing and continually changing.

Who are the members of the Northwest Ethics Network?

NWEN membership is limited to those currently working in organizational ethics and compliance programs or in functional areas that serve this purpose. NWEN members come from corporations, nonprofits, and government.

How often does the group meet?

We meet four times a year. Meetings are typically for two hours over breakfast. Members also have the opportunity to connect with each other through e-mail. NWEN maintains a contact list so members can connect with each other outside of meetings to solicit advice and network on a variety of topics.

Where are the meetings held?

The Northwest Ethics Network meets at Seattle University. Occasionally, we meet at the offices of member organizations which we arrange in advance. In addition to these meetings, members of NWEN are invited to conferences, workshops and events hosted by Seattle University and the Center for Business Ethics which are held periodically throughout the year.

What are the topics for meetings and how are the programs selected?

NWEN members suggest and decide on meeting topics in advance. Guest speakers or members at-large lead the sessions. Once each year the meeting topic is held “open” so members can bring up topics or specific challenges they are facing in their workplace for discussion.

Previous meeting topics included:

  • “Communicating the ethics message: Gaining visibility for the ethics department”
  • “Work-Life Balance and the impact of overstressed employees on work decisions”
  • “Rewarding ethical behavior and the impact of regulation changes of Dodd-Frank”

How much does it cost to join NWEN? Are there annual dues?

The Northwest Ethics Networks does not collect dues and does not have a formal charter or bylaws. The group and its meetings are funded by the Center for Business Ethics and the Frank Shrontz Chair for Professional Ethics at Seattle University’s Albers School for Business and Economics.

How do I join?

Membership to NWEN is free and open to professionals who have organizational positions in ethics and/or compliance areas. For information about joining the Northwest Ethics Network please contact Jeffery Smith at the Center for Business Ethics at Albers via or at (206) 296-5714.


Participating organizations include:

  • Amerigroup Washington, Inc
  • The Boeing Company
  • Bonneville Power Administration
  • Cambia Health Solutions
  • Columbia Bank
  • Delta Dental
  • ESCO Corporation
  • Expeditors
  • Group Health Cooperative
  • Kibble & Prentice
  • Intellectual Ventures
  • Jefferson Healthcare
  • King County Ombudsman's Office
  • Merriman Wealth Management
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Outerwall, Inc.
  • PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • Providence Health & Services
  • Puget Sound Energy
  • Russell Investments
  • Saltchuk Resources, Inc.
  • Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission
  • Siemens
  • Starbucks Coffee Company
  • University of Washington
  • Varian Medical Systems
  • Weyerhaeuser Company
  • World Vision
  • Zillow, Inc.