In his ground-breaking new textbook, Mick Fryer offers students of Business Ethics clear explanations of a range of theoretical perspectives, along with examples of how these perspectives might be used to illuminate the ethical challenges presented by business practice. The book includes:  • Realistic scenarios which gently introduce a theory and demonstrate how it can be applied to a real-life ethical dilemma that everyone can relate to, such as borrowing money from a friend  • Real organisational case studies in each chapter which illustrate how each theory can be applied to real business situations. Cases include Nike, Coca Cola, BMW, Shell, Starbucks and GSK  • ‘Pause for Reflection’ boxes and ‘Discussion Questions’ which encourage you to challenge the established notions of right and wrong, and empower you to develop your own moral code  • Video Activities in each chapter with accompanying QR codes which link to documentaries, films, debates and news items to get you thinking about real-life ethical dilemmas Visit the book’s companion website for self-test questions, additional web links and more at: study.sagepub.com/fryer

Environmental Ethics: Business, People and Nature

Environmental Ethics: Business, People and Nature

Chapter objectives

This chapter will:

  • explain the difference between anthropocentric and biocentric approaches to environmental ethics;
  • explore some implications of anthropocentrism and biocentrism for business;
  • discuss some issues associated with environmentalists’ preoccupation with wilderness and wildlife conservation;
  • explore some ways in which the environmental benefits and burdens of business activity might get distributed unfairly;
  • introduce the notion that developing a more sustainable relationship with the environment may demand a rethink of prevailing social and economic structures.

Introduction

During the last 30 years, environmentalism has become an important topic for business. There are a number of reasons for this. For a start, environmental concerns now occupy a high profile in the public consciousness. Most people pay attention to issues such as climate ...

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