Social, Political, and Ethical Dimensions of Business

Paul Miesing

Welcome to this MBA class on "The Social, Political, and Ethical Dimensions of Business" — whether you are an enrolled student or an online visitor. As we enter the new millennium, society will become increasingly concerned about business ethics and social responsibility. Managers are under increasing pressures of a non-market nature (such as ethics and moral standards) or that threaten to alter the traditional market approach (such as government influences and global competition). Equally important are considerations of what business ultimately means in terms of human fulfillment and moral merit, and if markets are the most efficient and equitable manner of meeting those ends. This page is my attempt to gather resources useful for students in this course as well as for students and practitioners elsewhere anywhere around the globe. Please make yourself at home, browse around as long as you like, and feel free to try anything you want to. I’m still developing this page and would certainly appreciate your feedback.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Ethics-Related Organizations bullet.gif (257 bytes) Stakeholder Analysis bullet.gif (257 bytes) Ethical Foundations bullet.gif (257 bytes) Implementation bullet.gif (257 bytes) Company Examplars bullet.gif (257 bytes) Newsgroups bullet.gif (257 bytes) Current Topics


Ethics-Related Organizations

AccountAbility | Association for Practical and Professional Ethics | Business for Social Responsibility | CorpWatch | Council for Ethics in Economics | CSR Europe | Ethics Resource Center | International Association for Business and Society | Net Impact | SIM Home Page | Society for Business Ethics

At Universities

Beard Center for Leadership in Ethics Duquesne | Bentley Center for Business Ethics | Centre for Applied Ethics UBC | Center for Ethics Harvard University | Center for Ethics and Social Justice Loyola University | Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions IIT | Institute for Business and Professional Ethics DePaul | Markkula Center for Applied Ethics Santa Clara University | Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions Indiana | Program in Business, Ethics, and Society Nebraska | Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research Wharton

Exemplary People

William C. Frederick


Stakeholder Analysis

Empowerment Zone | Redefining the Corporation


Ethical Foundations

Ayn Rand Institute | Better World | Business Ethics Magazine articles | Capitalism | Ethikos | Ethics Updates | The Intellectual Activist | Journal of Buddhist Ethics | Libertarianism | Milton Friedman on F.A. Hayek’s "Road to Serfdom" | Objectivist Center | Social Issues | Utilitarianism


Implementation

"Complete Guide to Ethics Management: An Ethics Toolkit for Managers" by Carter McNamara | Decision Making | Ethics and Compliance Officer Association | Social Accountability International | United States Sentencing Commission

Codes of Conduct

The Caux Round Table Principles | Defense Industry Initiative on Business Ethics and Conduct | Examples: Codes of Conduct - Company Codes bullet.gif (257 bytes) Hammurabi’s Code of Laws bullet.gif (257 bytes) Public Relations Society of America Member Code of Ethics bullet.gif (257 bytes) Sarbanes-Oxley Act


Company Examples

Ben & Jerry’s | The Body Shop | Corporate Express | esprit | Fetzer Vineyards | Guardsmark | Hanna Andersson | Levi Strauss | Lockheed Martin | Newman’s Own Organics | Starbucks | Tom’s of Maine | United Colors of Benetton | Whole Foods Market

"Business Ethics Corporate Responsibility & Social Investing Annual Awards" Business Ethics | CSRwire.com -- Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire | "Doing Well by Doing Good 2005" by GolinHarris | Ethical Corporation Magazine

... and bad examples

Adelphia | Enron | ImClone bullet.gif (257 bytes) "The Corporate Century" Mother Jones / "The Mother Jones 400"


Current Topics

Antitrust & Competitor RelationsAntitrust & Competitor Relations bullet.gif (257 bytes)Community Relations Community Relations bullet.gif (257 bytes) ConsumerismConsumerism bullet.gif (257 bytes) Ecology & EnvironmentEcology & Environment bullet.gif (257 bytes) Employee RelationsEmployee Relations bullet.gif (257 bytes) Global TradeGlobalization: Cross-Cultural, Socio-Political, Ethical bullet.gif (257 bytes) Government RelationsGovernment Relations bullet.gif (257 bytes) Science & TechnologyScience & Technology bullet.gif (257 bytes) Stockholders & GovernanceStockholders & Governance

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