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Business Ethics

New Networks to Fight Modern Slavery

Duncan Jepson | Posted 07.24.2016 | Impact
Duncan Jepson

The exploitation of people - whether their efforts are provided by debt bondage, under threat of violence, psychologically, by imprisonment or deceivi...

Amazon India Steps Up for Animal Welfare -- Will Amazon As A Company Follow?

Wildlife SOS | Posted 07.12.2016 | HuffPost Home
Wildlife SOS

As an organization focused on rescuing and protecting wildlife in India, we were pleased to see that our recent campaign there prompted Amazon India to remove more than 400 items--including brutal snares, traps, animal trophies, and preserved carcasses--from their website.

The Truth About Ethical Organizations

Mark Pastin | Posted 06.20.2016 | Business
Mark Pastin

There are many ideas about the factors that contribute to the ethics of an organization. These ideas range from ethical leadership to a concern for stakeholders to having a mission beyond economic success.

Billionaire Trump Fleeces Workers, Small Businesses

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.20.2016 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

When Americans elect a president, they want a leader who will look out for the little guy, not take advantage of him. Exploiting the little guy - and everybody else - to make a buck for himself is Donald Trump's M.O.

5 Tips From Per Wickstrom To Becoming A Successful Entrepreneur

Brian Hughes | Posted 06.15.2016 | Business
Brian Hughes

Would you model your small business after a drug rehab clinic? My first thought was, "Wait, what?" The more I thought about it, however, the more I realized just how many aspects of any small business could be improved by studying a rehab clinic's best operational practices.

Stop Bankers From Robbing Taxpayers

Lynn Parramore | Posted 06.08.2016 | Business
Lynn Parramore

Does the question of morality have a place in the realm of banking and regulation? That it feels awkward to even raise the issue is convenient for bankers who engage in reckless and harmful activities every day without fear of punishment.

Why Organizations Cannot Thrive Without Purpose

Alex Edmans | Posted 05.18.2016 | Business
Alex Edmans

How should businesses make decisions? The textbook answer is to do a calculation -- to trade off the costs and benefits. For investment decisions, this is difficult, because the benefits are uncertain.

PLCs? We Need PBCs!

Samie Al-Achrafi | Posted 04.25.2016 | Business
Samie Al-Achrafi

It was poor advice from the famous economist Milton Friedman that the only duty of a corporation is to maximize its return on investment. Instead, Ell...

How Our Company, Status Labs, Repaired its Own Reputation

Darius Fisher | Posted 04.22.2016 | Business
Darius Fisher

The experience not only changed Status Labs for the better, it also allowed us to better relate to our clients -- no one understands a crisis quite like someone who has experienced their own.

Big Brands Sell Their Souls to the Devil

Steve Robertson | Posted 03.15.2016 | Business
Steve Robertson

I research entertainment and media trends constantly because of my work in the music and humanitarian world. I subscribe to Noam Chomsky's philosophy ...

From Alternate Spring Break to Purposeful Service Learning

Audrey J. Murrell | Posted 03.01.2016 | College
Audrey J. Murrell

We are close to the season when spring break takes place across our college campuses. A survey done by an online travel service calculated that over ...

You Really Should Think for Yourself. Just Sayin.

Shawn Hunter | Posted 02.15.2016 | Business
Shawn Hunter

What if your boss asks you to do something you think is wrong? What if there are practices your company engages in that are just ridiculous, or redund...

Why Are There so Many Scumbags in Real Estate?

Max Nussenbaum | Posted 02.09.2016 | Business
Max Nussenbaum

People in professions without ongoing customer relationships have less of an incentive to behave well. And unless you're a real estate investor with deep pockets, you're unlikely to be a repeat customer -- so an agent isn't automatically losing repeat business if they screw you over.

What's Your Ethical Type?

Mark Pastin | Posted 01.15.2016 | Business
Mark Pastin

As an ethics consultant, I've found that people often fall into one of four ethical categories. One type isn't necessarily better than another, but knowing a person's "ethical type" can help you predict how he or she will react in situations requiring ethical judgment.

At the Heart of Ethics

Johann Berlin | Posted 12.05.2015 | Impact
Johann Berlin

Why would business, political, media, and spiritual leaders look to ethics in this time turmoil ?

Environmental Protection Is a Human Rights Issue -- the Legal Case to Act Now

Iain Patton | Posted 11.16.2015 | Green
Iain Patton

We must continue to fight for the 'common good' and enshrine environmental protection in every constitution of this earth through the climate change talks this December, and create the corresponding legal frameworks going forward.

The Financial Crisis Facing U.S. Churches

David Briggs | Posted 11.06.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

The Catholic Church continues to grow with the population, with about a quarter of Americans identifying as Catholic. But a steady decline in Mass attendance means fewer are putting money in the collection plate on Sundays.

Corporate 'Talent' Must Imagine Worst-Case Scenario, i.e., Ruination: VW, GM, Peanut Corporation

Carla Seaquist | Posted 10.27.2015 | Business
Carla Seaquist

You would think a corporation with high-priced "talent" in its executive suites could imagine the risks -- to the corporation if not to consumers or their own employees -- if it crossed the legal line.

How Thin Political Markets Undermine Democracy: An Interview With Harvard B-School's Karthik Ramanna

FIXCapitalism | Posted 10.13.2015 | Business
FIXCapitalism

With his forthcoming book - Political Standards - Harvard Business School's Karthik Ramanna develops the notion of "thin political markets" to describe a key problem facing technical rule-making in corporate accounting and beyond.

A Tale of Two CEOs: Elizabeth Holmes and Martin Shkreli

Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal | Posted 09.28.2015 | Education
Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal

Martin Shkreli is an epitome of what is wrong in America. He is the picture perfect profile of a Public Enemy. He joins the long line of criminals who rob people in the name of market economy. Elizabeth Holmes represents the tradition of great scientists and leaders.

Who by Lying, Who by Cheating, Who by Stealing, and Whom Shall I Say Is Calling?

Alan Briskin | Posted 09.28.2015 | Business
Alan Briskin

Whenever I encounter a systems problem dressed up as individual failing, I look for patterns in the collective situation. In this case, I browsed my library of Fortune magazines running back 30 years. But I didn't need to go back that far.

Hotel Absurd: When Your Resort Fee Costs More Than Your Room

Kevin Richberg | Posted 09.01.2015 | Travel
Kevin Richberg

I'm sitting in one of Las Vegas' only NON-Resorts. A very simple, and very old, one star property adjacent to an expansive parking lot in what can onl...

Is It Ethical for Coke to Sponsor Conflicted Research on Weight Loss?

Dana Radcliffe | Posted 08.19.2015 | Business
Dana Radcliffe

Given Coke's own standards, it is appropriate to ask: Are the company's actions that have prompted such sharp public criticism in line with its strong commitment to integrity? More specifically, are they consistent with Coke's imperative of "acting honestly"?

Why Millennials Will Improve Your Company

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 08.12.2015 | Business
Christopher B. Nelson

I've been reading a number of articles and reports about millennials in the workplace--about how they expect autonomy, insist their work have purpose, and think business needs a reset toward more concern for helping society.

Want Higher Revenue Growth? Get a Compliance Ethics Program

Russ Warner | Posted 08.03.2015 | Business
Russ Warner

If top managers want to create a strong, lasting company with high revenues, they must clearly and frequently communicate their stance regarding ethical behavior. By implementing a culture of honesty and integrity at the top, employees will learn which behaviors are allowed and which are not.