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We are glad that JRD Tata Ethics Oration has become a well-sought after annual feature of XLRI, since 1991. The first oration was given by Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata himself!

JRD Tata Ethics Oration 1991-2022

S.NoName of the OratorsTopic of the OrationDate of Oration
1Mr J. R. D. TataEthics & Business SuccessMarch 4, 1991
2Mr Joseph M SciortinoEstablishing And Maintaining An Ethical Business ClimateFebruary 28, 1992
3Justice Bakhtavar LentinBusiness Ethics- Some ReflectionsJanuary 27, 1993
4Dr Kenneth E GoodpastorAn Interpretation of Conscience In Business LifeFebruary 11, 1994
5Rev. Fr Peter-Hans KolvenbachDevelopment And Ethics: A Jesuit PerspectiveOctober 18, 1995
6Ms Tarjani VakilBusiness EthicsOctober 25, 1996
7Mr Chris FrostEthics In MediaJanuary 17, 1998
8Mr Suresh KrishnaBusiness EthicsOctober 16, 1998
9Dr Amrita PatelBusiness EthicsOctober 10, 1999
10Dr Robert DrinanGlobalization And Corporate EthicsDecember 21, 2000
11Dr Ramachandra GuhaThe Past and Future of The Environmental Movement- Its Social and Ethical PerspectivesNovember 29, 2001
12Sir Mark TullyEthics And MediaDecember 17, 2002
13His Eminence Cardinal ToppoCorporate Governance and The Church’s ContributionFebruary 9, 2004
14Dr James J SpillaneTourism In Developing Countries: Neocolonialism Or Nation BuilderNovember 29, 2004
15Prof. Dr Peter EigenCorporate Ethics and The Bottom Line Why Fighting Corruption Matters for BusinessNovember 26, 2005
16Mr Subroto BagchiLet’s Talk IntegrityDecember 1, 2006
17Dr Steven SnyderTriple Bottom Line: Pathway to A 21st Century Business ParadigmJanuary 9, 2008
18Dr Anil KakodkarAtomic Energy in India – Emerging ScenarioNovember 30, 2008
19Mr Tarun DasBusiness EthicsNovember 20, 2010
20Mr Laxman NarasimhanValues And Ethics in A Volatile WorldNovember 19, 2011
21Mr Chris LowneyHeroic Leaders: Who They Are and How They LiveNovember 24, 2012
22Dr Pallam Raju MallipudiEthical Challenges for India TodayDecember 7, 2013
23Mr. D ShivakumarBuilding TrustNovember 29, 2014
24Mr. Shekhar GuptaEthics In Media TodayNovember 24, 2015
25Fr. (Dr.) Frank Brennan, SJThe Place of International Law in Seeking Sustainable Development For India: Some Ethical ReflectionsNovember 26, 2016
26Dr. J. J. IraniMy Experiences with JRD and his PrinciplesNovember 29, 2017
27Dr. Jennifer J. GriffinEthics in Action: Corporate Social Responsibility in the 21st CenturyNovember 29, 2018
28Fr. (Dr.) Stephan Rothlin, SJChina the Emerging Superpower: The Ethical UnderpinningsFebruary 6, 2021
29Dr Edward FreemanBusiness Ethics and Stakeholder CapitalismNovember 29, 2021
30Mr Bhaskar BhatBusiness EthicsNovember 19, 2022

For more details, please see the book
Mascarenhas, Oswald J. Doris D’Souza and E. Abraham.

J.R.D. Tata: Orations on Business Ethics


No success or achievement in material terms is worthwhile unless it serves the needs or interests of the country and its people and is achieved by fair and honest means.

J. R. D. Tata