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.

Global Business Ethics and Sustainability: A Multi-Institutional Approach

Global Business Ethics and Sustainability: A Multi-Institutional Approach

Global business ethics and sustainability: A multi-institutional approach
JohnW. Dienhart

The Road to Sustainability

Issues we now include under the rubric of business ethics, such as labor and corporate governance, have been discussed since the beginning of the industrial revolution. In the ‘50s, corporate social responsibility arose as a topic in business schools (Bowen, 1953). In the ‘70s, in the wake of domestic and international scandals involving business and government, there was a growing demand for business ethics education. Philosophy was the home department of ethics courses and had been prominent in medical ethics and bioethics. This made philosophy departments a natural home for business ethics.

Philosophy's approach to business ethics differed from earlier discussions by being primarily normative and having ...

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