The ethical and legal scandals at Enron, WorldCom, Tyco and many other businesses in the United States, Europe and Asia have shaken people’s confidence in business. Corporate Integrity and Accountability seeks to address questions of corporate integrity as they arise for financial reporting, executive compensation, globalization, and business ethics itself. The chapters are the product of leading business ethicists—both academic and practitioner—in the U.S. and Europe, resulting in the application of different methodologies, sources, and forms of argument. This gives the reader a sense not only of the complexity of some of the ethical issues business faces, but also the richness of the various resources that are available to address these issues.
Corporate Integrity Challenged
The turn of the millennium brought a large number of business scandals that caused a great deal of economic, social, and personal distress. As a result, they have led people to rethink how businesses should operate and be monitored. However, they have also led many to reconsider how business ethics should approach business and people in business. Perhaps these scandals revealed weaknesses not only in business but also in business ethics and corporate social responsibility movements. The first several chapters speak to this issue of the relation of business ethics and business. In brief, they consider what business ethicists should be focusing on (Berenbeim), about what and to whom they should be speaking (Collins), what the nature of a better ...