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Business Ethics

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

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.

The Business Case for Corporate Water Stewardship

Renat Heuberger | Posted 07.29.2015 | Impact
Renat Heuberger

If water scarcity prevails, companies could face constraints to growth. They may not be able to provide their core products and services, or may lose the ability to expand their business. As investors in these companies, this is something we are deeply concerned about.

The 'Do Whatever It Takes' Attitude Gone Wrong

Russ Warner | Posted 07.20.2015 | Business
Russ Warner

In 2000, KPMG began conducting an annual integrity survey to highlight changes and attitudes in the workplace. Sadly, the survey continues to reveal that in spite of all the transparency demanded by society, it looks like there are many improvements to be made.

Is This a Luxury You Want to Buy?

Rob Britton | Posted 07.17.2015 | Business
Rob Britton

The three Gulf mega-airlines, Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar Airways, leverage billions of dollars in government subsidies to provide high-end indulgences to their passengers - but for too long the human cost of these luxuries has been hidden from the flying public.

We Need More Stories About Values Based Leadership

Karen E. Faith | Posted 06.10.2015 | Business
Karen E. Faith

Our society's future is dependent on inspiring and sustaining values-based leaders in our work places as well as within the structures of power that govern our country and the rest of the world. We need to hear more of these stories of ethical leadership instead of the ones that repeatedly and regrettably make our news headlines.

Morality, Religion and Experimenting on You

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 06.04.2015 | Religion
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

To improve the process of ethical oversight of research, we need to change our attitudes, and recognize far more fully that complicated moral issues, strains and vagaries are involved.

The Ethics of Social Media Accuracy

Jeremy Harris Lipschultz | Posted 06.02.2015 | Business
Jeremy Harris Lipschultz

From clickbait headlines to unfair reviews of products and services, the open nature of social media presents ethical issues. The public should expect accurate online information, yet too often news stories, PR materials and other information are inaccurate.

Courageous Women Leaders... and the Cultures That Support Them

Brooke Deterline | Posted 05.28.2015 | Business
Brooke Deterline

Recently, I've read two excellent articles on why women stay quiet at work which clearly outline the challenges women can face in leadership roles, ...

Marketers are Prepping for FIFA Fallout

Greg Portell | Posted 05.28.2015 | Business
Greg Portell

While the extent of the criminal charges are eye-opening, the fact FIFA has shady areas within their realm should not come as a shock. FIFA's dance partners -- marketers, media and governments -- have plenty of cause to be concerned as the storm clouds hovered for years.

Are You an Ethical Leader?

Michelle McQuaid | Posted 05.22.2015 | Business
Michelle McQuaid

If you're really honest with yourself for a moment how ethical are your leadership behaviors? Are you trustworthy? Do you always show others respect? Are you willing to forgo potential profits if it means looking after the needs of your employees better?

Business Etiquette: The Benefits of Gratitude & Simple Thank-You Guidelines for Professional Contacts

Ciara Pressler | Posted 05.21.2015 | Small Business
Ciara Pressler

Etiquette rules may dictate that you have one year to send a wedding gift, but when it comes to business gratitude, your communication must be nearly instantaneous.

Which CEO Character Traits Yield the Highest Returns?

Russ Warner | Posted 05.15.2015 | Business
Russ Warner

Machiavelli said, "It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both." And for that statement, as well as other views, he is famous, or rather... infamous.

4 Examples of Dubious Marketing Ethics

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 05.15.2015 | Media
Jonha Revesencio

Marketers create political campaigns based largely on innuendo and quotes taken out of context. Is this just part of the day's work, or is there a larger, ethical dilemma involved for marketers?