Genuine Business Ethics
Ethics Matters, Forthcoming
3 Pages Posted: 8 May 2007
Business ethics and corporate social responsibility are often seen as instruments for improving the functioning of a corporation, to add value to business like other 'tools'. The Inter-faculty Group in Business Ethics of the Community of European Management Schools (CEMS) produced a new book "Ethics in the Economy: Handbook of Business Ethics" (Peter Lang Oxford, 2002, 2004) which presents a rather different, non-instrumental view of ethics in business. The chance to improve the ethical quality of our economic activities can only be taken if our motivation is genuinely ethical; that is, only if we want to realize ethical conduct for its own sake. Ethics is like love. Only those who love their partners in and for themselves will enjoy all the blessings of a loving relationship.
Keywords: business ethics, opportunism, genuinity
JEL Classification: M14
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