Notes on Business Ethics

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Laurence Cranmer

University of Oxford - Said Business School

Date Written: January 1, 2010


This paper formed the basis for five seminars taught as part of the International Business Ethics module, MSc Programme, Birkbeck, University of London, in 2010 and 2011.

The overall aim of the seminars was to develop a series of arguments that can provide a route into an ethical analysis of the activities of business. Each of the arguments continues to be under development, and these notes can be read and critiqued in this light. There are of course other ways to address business ethics. The seminars considered how an ethical analysis of business activity might work.

The paper has five parts: • Part 1: Responsibilities of firms • Part 2: Global responsibilities of firms • Part 3: Employment and authority • Part 4: Business disciplines and rationality • Part 5: Firms and the environment

Keywords: Business ethics, corporate responsibility, responsibilities of firms, global responsibilities of firms

Suggested Citation

Cranmer, Laurence, Notes on Business Ethics (January 1, 2010). Saïd Business School WP 2018-07. Available at SSRN: or

Laurence Cranmer (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Said Business School ( email )

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Oxford, OX1 1HP
Great Britain

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