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.

Integrity in the Private, the Public, and the Corporate Domain

Integrity in the Private, the Public, and the Corporate Domain

Integrity in the private, the public, and the corporate domain
Henkvan Luijk

Integrity is a keyword in present-day ethical discourse. It is a rich concept that contains various related meanings. It is also a complex concept, because its current meanings do not always fit together smoothly. With regard to the reception of the term, integrity is used, as a key moral notion, in some domains more easily than in others. In the private domain, integrity has been used as a hallmark of moral excellence. So too in the public domain, where public functionaries, given their specific role and discretionary power, are expected to act with integrity. This is less so, however, in the corporate world. There, at ...

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