Yale’s inaugural Global Business Ethics Conference will bring together leading academics, legal practitioners and businesspeople in an ideas-oriented discussion about ethics in the modern business world. While the financial crisis has focused the legal and ethical spotlight on Wall Street, contemporary business ethics challenges are global. At one end, large corporations now rival the national governments that regulate them in wealth, power, and influence. At the other, investors and activists seek to foster entrepreneurship in developing countries that have historically been excluded from the wealth unleashed by capitalism. While all agree that markets are built on the trust and integrity of market participants, the social and legal norms that should govern this global marketplace are still richly debated. Against this backdrop, Yale’s Global Business Ethics Conference – the first of its kind – seeks to highlight the emerging ideas and opportunities that will define the legal and practical reality of business ethics in the 21st century.