One need only look at the news to be bombarded with examples of corporate malfeasance and the impact such behavior has on a company’s public image, customers, employees, and bottom line. And while these stories grab the headlines, some companies are adopting practices that display awareness of their impact on the globe, whether that be to the environment, its employees and suppliers, or communities in which they do business. What factors are leading to these decisions? What are the benefits and costs of making ethical business decisions and acting in a socially responsible way, however one defines it? Issues in Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility explores these foundational themes across a wide range of topics, including artificial intelligence, workplace surveillance, supply chain management, big data, the finance industry, and many more. Coupled with a broad introduction by Dr. David Weitzner, a professor of management at York University, this book provides students with the essential information they need to assess business practices through the lens of ethical decision-making and corporate social responsibility.
Chapter 15: The Gun Industry: Will corporate action force change on gunmakers?
The Gun Industry: Will corporate action force change on gunmakers?
The U.S. gun industry is facing a number of challenges in the wake of anti-gun activism sparked by the Parkland, Fla., school shooting in February . In addition to widespread student marches, a number of major corporations—including Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walmart, Bank of America and Citigroup—announced moves to limit their involvement in the sale or financing of firearms. These decisions came on the heels of a decline in gun sales in 2017 and the recent bankruptcies of two long-established gunmakers, Colt and Remington. Nonetheless, the industry remains ...