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Business Leadership: Business Ethics

Provides information and resources on business leadership.

Definition

Business ethics comprises organizational principles, values and norms that may originate from individuals, organizational statements or from the legal system that primarily guide individual and group behavior in business.  Principles are specific and pervasive boundaries for behavior that should not be violated.  Principles often become the basis for rules.   Values are enduring beliefs and ideals that are socially enforced.  Several ethical values for business today are teamwork, trust and integrity. 

Ethics is defined as behavior or decisions made within a group's values.  Decisions are usually made by groups of people that represent the business organization.

 

From Ferrell, O.C., Fraedich, J. & Ferrell L.(2019). Business Ethics: Ethical Decision Making and Cases, 12th Ed.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Many public and private companies publish CSR annual reports.  Search the web using the company name and the word sustainability or search the company name and the words: corporate responsibility.

Corporate Register
Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, and Environment reports from around the world. You must register to access the free reports.


CSRwire - Corporate Social Responsibility Reports
CSRwire is a global source of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability news and recently published, non-financial CSR and Sustainability reports.


CSR Directory - Resources for Promoting Global Business Principles and Best Practices
The CSR Directory is an online resource guide listing more than 2,700 organizations working on all aspects of corporate social responsibility in more than 105 countries.

Magazine

Business Ethics Magazine
An online quarterly magazine promoting corporate responsibility.

Websites

Business for Social Responsibility

“A global organization that helps member companies achieve success in ways that respect ethical values, people, communities and the environment.”  Site provides information and tools.

Conference Board Business Knowledge Research Online
Publishes reports on management research in the areas of strategy, corporate governance, organizational effectiveness, organizational structure, leadership, human resources, diversity, ethics, CRM, and more.

Ethisphere - World's Most Ethical Companies

The Ethisphere® Institute is an international think-tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability.

Books and eBooks