The Trial of Business Ethics

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Publication Date:
July 25, 2012

Source:
IESE

Why are we so skeptical about business ethics? Why, whenever we mention corporate social responsibility during a casual conversation, a tight smile appears on the face of our interlocutor? In the following pages we will try to explore this impenitent disbelief which seems to affect managers, scholars, consumers, activists and even policy makers. We think that there are very good reasons for being skeptical about how business ethics and CSR are understood and implemented in the corporate world today. But, we also believe that there are very strong arguments to turn this common skepticism into a more conscious understanding of the deep modifications and opportunities associated with an unprecedented change of the global civil society.We have decided to present this discussion as a court debate because this is what exactly happens in our mind: We hear two conflicting voices, one playing the role of the devil advocate, the other pointing out multiple reasons for catching the wave of the CSR movement.

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The Trial of Business Ethics

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