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Business Ethics

Interview With a Philosopher: A Conversation With Keith Wyma and Tobin Senefeld on Goldman Sachs

Tom Morris | Posted 05.21.2012 | Business
Tom Morris

If Aristotle ran Goldman Sachs, what sort of press do you think the company would be getting these days? How would employees, past and present, describe their culture?

A Financial Dissident Movement?

Lydia Fisher | Posted 05.20.2012 | Business
Lydia Fisher

Challenging the establishment is as old as history. Sometimes going out directly to the public is the avenue needed to have one's voice truly heard. When leaders and governments fail to address justice, people mobilize.

Feel Cheated by Wall Street? Look in a Mirror -- Not to Washington!

Marty Robins | Posted 05.19.2012 | Business
Marty Robins

The most recent kerfuffle involving the alleged depredations of Goldman Sachs illustrates a fundamental cause of our recent economic problems. No, not...

Chair of Financial Inquiry Commission Assails Wall Street's Continuing 'Breaches of Ethics'

Marco Trbovich | Posted 05.19.2012 | Business
Marco Trbovich

Phil Angelides, chair of the nation's Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, expressed his continuing disgust with how Wall Street has become "a casino floor as big as New York, New York," after wiping away $9 trillion of household wealth "like a day trade gone bad."

The Life-threatening Costs Of Becoming A Big Business

Greg Voakes | Posted 06.07.2012 | Small Business
Greg Voakes

The success of a company relies on a confluence of many things, one of which is an intuitive, user-friendly product that makes your life easier. However, business ethics and how your company conducts itself can quickly kill, or at least severely damage, the profit margin and reputation you have been working so diligently to establish.

Why We Don't Always Tell the Truth

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 04.29.2012 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

From my experience, there are three fundamental concerns that cause people to shade the truth, either consciously or not.

If "Corporations Are People, Too [My Friend]," Shouldn't They Behave Ethically?

Peter Smirniotopoulos | Posted 04.24.2012 | Business
Peter Smirniotopoulos

Corporations can take the lead in reforming their policies and practices, and re-positioning their branding accordingly -- thereby elevating the public's perception of their products and services -- as Good Corporate Citizens.

Even In a Palace a Right Life Is Possible

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 04.14.2012 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

Often I write about people making money by stretching ethics, flouting rules, or breaking the law. This commentary is different. It's about someone who was very successful financially and well-known in the Chicago Greek community.

Sustainability Runs Deep in Ethics Ranking

Mike Bellamente | Posted 04.11.2012 | Green
Mike Bellamente

A sign that eco-consciousness has become a mainstay in what is deemed ethical business practices, the 2011 list included several professionals either loosely or intricately tied to corporate sustainability trends.

The Cost Of "Doing The Right Thing"

Patricia Harned | Posted 03.20.2012 | Business
Patricia Harned

It's not too late to add one more New Year's resolution, a commitment to building an ethical culture at our places of employment where whistleblowers are encouraged and supported

Occupy From the Inside

Tim Mohin | Posted 03.12.2012 | Impact
Tim Mohin

Should companies have any role in protecting people and the planet? High profile cases of corporate misconduct mask the less sexy, but no less important, cases of companies choosing to do the right things right.

Hear the Lonesome Whistle Blow: Workplace Retaliation

Janice Harper | Posted 03.09.2012 | Business
Janice Harper

We love to romanticize the whistleblower. But rarely does that admiration extend to the worker beside us, regardless of our labor values.

Company Retaliation Against Whistleblowers Rises To All-Time High, Survey Finds

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 01.06.2012 | Business

Even though more workers are witnessing violations of company rules, they're feeling pressure not to say anything. Nearly half of workers witnesse...

Is Capitalism Moral? Wrong question, Part the Last

Pierre Whalon | Posted 02.05.2012 | Business
Pierre Whalon

What I am proposing is that we attend not only to the bottom line but also to the real human dimension of being an actor in the economy, an entrepreneur, or a business leader.

Is Capitalism Moral? Part Three

Pierre Whalon | Posted 02.01.2012 | Business
Pierre Whalon

If you know that embarking on a course of action will have evil consequences, and you go ahead anyway, you are morally responsible.

Is Capitalism Moral? Part Two

Pierre Whalon | Posted 01.31.2012 | Business
Pierre Whalon

Many people think that the question is null and void, since capitalism as an economic system cannot be judged morally at all. But if we ask the question a bit differently, it seems to me that some answers can be teased out.

People Should Come With Warning Labels

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 01.22.2012 | Comedy
Lisa Earle McLeod

Wouldn't it be great if people announced their dysfunctions and hidden agendas at the start of a relationship rather than you having to discover it later? Think about how much time you would save.

What Business Can Learn From Penn State

Paul Gorrell, Ph.D. | Posted 01.17.2012 | Business
Paul Gorrell, Ph.D.

The current scandal unfolding at Penn State could carry lessons for the business community, providing multiple examples of what organizations should focus on as well as what they should avoid.

Re-Occupying Main Street

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 01.01.2012 | Religion
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

I believe there are analogies and lessons to be drawn from the responsible citizenship on display by demonstrators across the world, and the responsible ownership practiced by active shareholders in corporations.

Tick-Tock Goes the Developed World's Debt and Derivatives Clock: U.S. National Debt Fast Approaches 15 Trillion!

Lydia Fisher | Posted 12.25.2011 | Business
Lydia Fisher

Chancellor Merkel faces a dilemma. Can you blame the German people for not wanting to bail out the French banks -- where does it end if the Eurozone debt crisis cascades?

A World Adrift in Turmoil, Yet Lit by Candles...

Lydia Fisher | Posted 12.03.2011 | Business
Lydia Fisher

Capitalism isn't just about success -- it's about failure too -- allowing failed enterprises to fail.

The Financial Thriller Continues... What Do the Numbers 753, 20, 138, 130 and 35 Tell Us?

Lydia Fisher | Posted 10.25.2011 | Business
Lydia Fisher

The ongoing financial saga is morphing into a financial thriller. Makes one wonder. Maybe the "silver lining" in this financial crisis is that the "dirty laundry is coming out in the wash" -- worldwide.

From "Too Big to Fail" Banks to "Too Big to Default" Nations to What's Next?

Lydia Fisher | Posted 10.19.2011 | Business
Lydia Fisher

We've had financial bubbles before. This one's got a twist though. It's fraught with complexity, scope, depth, widespread fraud and bad underwriting practices making coming out of it, all the more difficult.

Somethin's in the air: What Happened to Scruples?

Lydia Fisher | Posted 10.15.2011 | Business
Lydia Fisher

If financial warfare is here to stay, doesn't it behoove those who run banks and nations to manage well as any one is vulnerable? And now that we've created this global financial hydra, and global world at large, how's it being managed and is it even possible?

Frankenstein, Return of the Zombies: The Sequel

Lydia Fisher | Posted 10.11.2011 | Business
Lydia Fisher

Frankenstein was a "failed artificial life experiment" that went badly wrong. Ours incubated in financial laboratories -- the result of complex "innovative" financial engineering.