Char­i­ties warned on ethics

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community Life - BY SHELI LEVEN­SON

COM­MU­NAL AND Is­raeli char­ity rep­re­sen­ta­tives have been warned of their re­spon­si­bil­ity to look into the sources of their fund­ing.

Ad­dress­ing a sem­i­nar on eth­i­cal chal­lenges held by the Jewish As­so­ci­a­tion for Busi­ness Ethics last Wed­nes­day, Jabe con­sul­tant Dayan Isaac Berger cau­tioned: “Don’t bring the in­sti­tu­tion of char­ity into dis­re­pute by as­so­ci­at­ing with tainted money or peo­ple.

“Ethics and prag­mat­ics go hand in hand. This doesn’t mean prag­ma­tism drives ethics — it’s the other way around.”

One-hun­dred peo­ple at­tended the sem­i­nar at the West End offices of BDO Stoy Hayward. In the key­note ad­dress, Chief Rabbi and Jabe pres­i­dent Sir Jonathan Sacks stressed: “A Jewish or­gan­i­sa­tion is not sim­ply an or­gan­i­sa­tion run by Jews or for Jews. It is an or­gan­i­sa­tion run ac­cord­ing to Jewish law. Any­thing else is not wor­thy of the name.”

Not­ing how char­ity merg­ers had saved mil­lions in ad­min­is­tra­tive costs, busi­ness chief and for­mer Trade Sec­re­tary Lord Young urged: “Let us be ef­fi­cient in the way we ad­min­is­ter our funds, but let us be char­i­ta­ble in the way we deal with our clients.”

Other is­sues raised from the floor in­cluded how to deal with ever-in­creas­ing bu­reau­cracy in ar­eas such as health and safety and se­cu­rity checks on vol­un­teers, and how to en­sure money do­nated in the UK reached its in­tended tar­gets in Is­rael.

Jabe will be tackling the ethics of the prop­erty mar­ket at its an­nual din­ner next month, where speak­ers are due to in­clude Ger­ald Ron­son.

PHOTO: JOHN RIFKIN

Dayan Isaac Berger: “Don’t as­so­ciate with tainted money or peo­ple”

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