Corporate Social Responsibility

How Retail Mentality Can Clobber The Fiduciary Mindset – Ethics Video

I just stumbled onto a nicely done video that captures how a retail mentality can wreak havoc with the fiduciary mindset. This one happens to be about a bank (HBOS) but the concepts ring true across industries and organizational types alike. It's hardly news that a sole focus on the bottom line can easily lead Read more…

Ethics Training: Are We Expecting Too Much From It or Too Little?

One of Chris MacDonald's ever-thought provoking blog posts ("What's More Important: 'Social Responsibility' or Basic Honesty?") quoted and led me to Peter Foster's recent post ("Trading Honesty for 'Social Responsibility"). Though admittedly not the central idea of Foster's post, the quote that caught my eye was this: "It is surely also intriguing that the current financial Read more…

Who’s Responsibility Is Corporate Social Responsibility?

I don't focus much on corporate social responsibility (CSR) in this blog. Now and then, though, issues in CSR find their way into my thinking about business ethics in general and the updating of a recent Weekly Ethics Thought on our over-reliance on 'tone at the top' got me thinking about a parallel issue in Read more…

Has The Global Financial Crisis Helped Change Corporate Ethics For The Better?

The question I seem to be getting over and over these days is whether or not I feel that the global financial crisis has yet had a positive impact on corporate ethics. The best answer I can give is that I only wish it were so. Despite the perpetual wringing of hands, statements of grave Read more…

Edelman’s 2009 Trust Barometer – A Reflection of Ethics and the Global Economic Crisis?

Edelman has released it's 2009 Trust Barometer and, as always, it is essential reading.  It can't come as a surprise that trust in corporations is at an all time low and it certainly doesn't seem like a stretch to suggest that this lack of trust is simultaneously a cause and effect of the current global economic Read more…