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Business Ethics

A Trustworthy Press Is the Immune System of Democracy

Craig Newmark | Posted 11.24.2014 | Media
Craig Newmark

Do your best to get it right. If you do, great. If you don't, admit you got it wrong, fix it, even if hard, and try harder next time. And we should reward journalists and press outlets that are practicing good, honest journalism.

Recycling Opens the Door to a Circular Economy

Brian Kennell | Posted 11.17.2014 | Business
Brian Kennell

Recycling is critically important, but it's only one part of a larger, globally emergent environmental paradigm known as the Circular Economy. As we look forward to America Recycles Day, we are reminded that we have so much more to do.

The New Privacy Frontier: Creating a Better Mobile Experience

Kate Bolseth | Posted 11.06.2014 | Business
Kate Bolseth

Looking at privacy through the lens of the consumer, they are confused, concerned and not feeling as if they are in the driver's seat. Moreover, the underlying security frameworks are constantly under attack.

Unexpected Cost of Ethical Behavior

S. L. Young | Posted 12.22.2014 | Business
S. L. Young

In pursuit of my college degrees, work at Fortune 500 companies, and memberships in professional organizations, I was directed and trained to ensure ethical compliance --- as it's a personal, organizational, and company responsibility.

Traditional Virtues Trump Ethics Codes

Brad Reid | Posted 12.22.2014 | Business
Brad Reid

So, are virtues a matter of genetics or environmental influences? I have no answer to this question except to say that it is the wrong question in this conversation.

Breaking the Rules -- And Feeling Good About It

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.25.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Intriguingly, people don't lie and cheat indiscriminately -- simply because they can get away with it. Even when there is no chance of being found out, people show some level of aversion to acting unethically. They want it both ways: to profit by dishonesty, but also to preserve some sense of themselves as moral beings.

How Do You Deal With an Unethical, Productive Employee

Russ Warner | Posted 10.30.2014 | Business
Russ Warner

Firing a productive employee with the intention to find and rehire someone else isn't a decision to take lightly. That decision impacts the company's bottom line. But without productive employees, an organization cannot excel, and that affects the bottom line as well.

Leaders: Legal, Ethical or Right?

Dianna Booher | Posted 10.28.2014 | Business
Dianna Booher

When people decide to disregard their moral compass as the official business handbook, they begin to make up the rules as they go. Anything can happen, and the situation frequently proves to be a source of conflict.

Is Your Wireless Carrier Jacking You Around?

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 09.24.2014 | Business
Kathleen Reardon

Compared to parts of Europe, where unlimited cell phone data access can be obtained without a contract for a small portion of the fees charged in the USA, cell phone data fees in America are a nightmare.

How Seriously Does Your Nonprofit Board Take the Matter of Ethics?

Eugene Fram | Posted 09.12.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

Most board members are aware of their obligation to ensure their nonprofit's compliance with certain standard regulations e.g. making tax payments, su...

Enthuse Your Way to Employee Buy-In

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 09.08.2014 | Business
Naphtali Hoff

A primary challenge for supervisors is to encourage others within their organization to go the extra mile and get the job done in a timely manner. In ...

Why Facebook Should Follow Ethical Standards -- LIke Everybody Else

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 09.06.2014 | Technology
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

It is not clear that Facebook broke the law -- the regulations apply technically to federal-funded research, but have been universally adopted by researchers as the standard. Facebook should agree to follow these guidelines as well.

Pernicious Moms Threaten Capitalism

Rebecca Todd Peters | Posted 07.15.2014 | Parents
Rebecca Todd Peters

If you accept the position that the only thing corporations should care about are profits, then a trend that decreases profits might be thought of as harmful. But the only perniciousness that I see is the inherent danger of a profit-only mentality that views a thoroughly wholesome, healthy, environmentally beneficial trend like parents making their own baby food as pernicious.

Trust and the Wealth of Nations

OECD | Posted 07.04.2014 | World
OECD

By Carolyn Ervin In the 17th arrondissement of Paris you can walk past a bust of the 19-20th century French writer, Tristan Bernard. It carries a m...

How a Faith-Driven Stay-at-Home Mom Exposed an International Price-Fixing Conspiracy

Cat Knarr | Posted 06.24.2014 | Religion
Cat Knarr

Late at night, Mark Whitacre watched an FBI agent leave his home and walk toward the car, gone at last and completely oblivious to the corporate crime at work in a Fortune 500 company. It was over.

Business Ethics

Martin Marty | Posted 06.09.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

Fifty Catholic academic-ethicists wrote President John Garvey of the Catholic University of America (CUA), protesting the university's acceptance of $1 million from the Charles Koch Foundation to support programs on "principled entrepreneurship."

The CEO as a Public Official

Terry Newell | Posted 06.09.2014 | Business
Terry Newell

Barra may be an example of what we will increasingly see -- and expect. In the world of social media, the World Wide Web, and a 24/7 news cycle, private sector leaders can neither isolate their companies nor control the expectations that govern how they need to behave.

New Jewish Camp to Teach Entrepreneurship to Teens

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 05.31.2014 | Business
Rabbi Jason Miller

You know it's a good idea when parents lament that they wish there was something like this when they were teens. That seems to be the general consensu...

The WHOLE Truth?

Bruce Weinstein | Posted 05.04.2014 | Business
Bruce Weinstein

Swarthmore College, where I took my first ethics course, which changed my life Photo by Bruce Weinstein A friend of mine, whom I'll call Maurice (n...

CVS: A Prescription to Do the Right Thing

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 05.04.2014 | Impact
Stuart Muszynski

CVS is a notable exception and, hopefully, a tipping point in moving companies from being profit-driven to profit-and-purpose-driven.

An Education in Ethics

John T. Delaney | Posted 04.27.2014 | Education
John T. Delaney

Despite the obstacles, ethical education is more important than ever. Tomorrow's business leaders must deal with technological intrusions and vulnerabilities that were not imagined 10 years ago.

Can You Keep a Secret?

Bruce Weinstein | Posted 04.21.2014 | Business
Bruce Weinstein

What's the best way to respond when you observe violations of confidentiality in public?

Dear Boeing: Next Time, Try Benevolence

Carla Seaquist | Posted 04.07.2014 | Business
Carla Seaquist

After a cliff-hanger of a union vote, Boeing will stay here in Washington state. But the joy is not universal and it's not deep, and who knows how long it will last? Lingering in the craw are Boeing's hardball, take-it-or-we-leave-the-state tactics.

Re-Building Trust, From "Value" to "Values"

Dennis Nally | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Dennis Nally

All the evidence is that society's expectations of business have changed, and businesses must respond. To start rebuilding trust, a company first needs to demonstrate that it is worthy of being trusted.

Ethics 101: GTA V, Justin Bieber and The Wolf of Wall Street

David Jensen | Posted 03.25.2014 | Business
David Jensen

This morning I saw a Prius out front of my house, in a relatively affluent Southern California neighborhood. In it were two teenage boys smoking pot....