corporate social responsibility

corporate social responsibility


Volkswagen Cheated Simply to Make More Money

Volkswagen February 14th, 2018

I learned about Volkswagen’s cheating on diesel emissions a year or two ago. It wasn’t until now that I watched a wonderful documentary on the debacle, Alex Gibney’s expose featured on the Netflix series, Dirty Money. It was outlandishly bad corporate behavior. In this drama, however, the State and Federal authorities were the good guys. Here is my take on it, and a few quotations to channel my feelings about it.

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Corporations, Law & Democracy

corporations December 3rd, 2017

There is a lot of talk these days about “corporate citizenship” and “socially responsible business.” Some people think that is great — no more unnecessary polluting, propping up totalitarian regimes, and globehopping for the cheapest labor. It seems pretty clear that corporate citizenship is still pretty much a joke because of financial irregularities, bribes of politicians, abuse of people, ruination of the environment, etc. Those who make decisions that favor the shareholders and flout positive values are people who don’t have an internalized sense of ethics or honor. They are getting away with murder, often literally. Randy Hayes says: “Politicians and corporate ‘leaders’ have merged, reducing our political system to a ‘democracy theme park.’ This leaves us with the Republican side and the Democratic side of the ‘Big Business Party.’” I discuss these kinds of ideas with the man who knows what the deal is, Richard L. Grossman, in this blog.

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Business Ethics: Doing the Right Thing (V&E-16)

business ethics November 17th, 2017

The goal today is to discuss business ethics, corporations, companies, non-profits, workplaces, and industry: what best practices are, which ethical principles are relevant, what can go wrong, what ought to happen, how corporations fit into the scheme of corporate social responsibility, how business ethics relates to sustainability, the “triple bottom line,” and the like. Ronald F. Duska, Ph.D. is my first partner in dialogue. He served as a past president and executive director of the Society of Business Ethics, and has published many books on this topic. Currently, he is an adjunct professor in the graduate business schools of St. Joseph’s and Villanova Universities. My second guest is Michael Boylan, Ph.D., the John J. McDonnell, Jr. Chair in Ethics as well as the philosophy department chair at Marymount University. In addition to books entitled Natural Rights and The Origins of Ancient Greek Science, he put one out last year named A Just Society – his manifesto on ethics and social-political philosophy.

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Quotes About Business & Corporate Responsibility

Quotes about business November 3rd, 2017

It has been a decade since the dynamic entrepreneur Anita Roddick’s passing, and for those of you who are not familiar with her, she was an extremely genuine, humble, philanthropic, strong, and successful business woman who built The Body Shop empire. She was that entrepreneurial and competent and still found the time and will to raise awareness for human and animal rights, environmental protection, and fair-trade practices. She truly encompasses what living a life of value is all about; working hard, giving back, and finding purpose in her life and career to make the world a better place for everyone. Here are some facts about the wonderful woman as well as a couple dozen Anita Roddick quotes. Let us learn what she thought and felt, that we may profit from her wisdom.

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Social Entrepreneurship: Worker-Ownership (V&E-17)

social entrepreneurship November 1st, 2017

The following piece, “Social Entrepreneurship,” is chapter 17 in the book: Values & Ethics: From Living Room to Boardroom (itself based on an Internet-based talk radio show of the same name I did in times past). My enterprising and industrious partner in dialogue is John Abrams. He is the author of The Company We Keep: Reinventing Small Business for People, Community, and Place. John is the CEO and founder of the South Mountain Company, a 40-year-old, employee-owned design and building company on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. John’s words are indicated by the initials JA, and mine are JM. For paragraphs with no initials, assume they are a continuation of the speaker who was speaking in the previous paragraph. I highlight words having to do with values and virtues by placing them in boldface type. Enjoy this look at values-based leadership, business ethics, social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, and worker-owned business.

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Corporate Social Responsibility (V&E-13)

corporate social responsibility October 28th, 2017

The following piece about corporate social responsibility is chapter 13 in the book Values & Ethics: From Living Room to Boardroom (itself based on an Internet-based talk radio show of the same name I did in times past). My enterprising and astute partners in dialogue are Mallen Baker and Scott Farrell. Mallen’s words are indicated by the initials MB, Scott’s are SF, and mine are JM. For paragraphs with no initials, assume they are a continuation of the speaker who was speaking in the previous paragraph. I highlight words having to do with values and virtues by placing them in boldface type. Get ready for an interesting interview with Mallen Baker and Scott Farrell about this critical topic in modern society.

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“Money Values” vs. “Life Values” (V&E-8)

money values October 22nd, 2017

The following piece, “‘Money Values’ vs. ‘Life Values'” is chapter 8 in the book Values & Ethics: From Living Room to Boardroom (itself based on an Internet-based talk radio show of the same name I did in times past).  My educated and humane partner in dialogue is noted author and thought leader, Kevin Danaher, Ph.D. His words are indicated by the initials K.D., and mine are J.M. For paragraphs with no initials, assume they are a continuation of the speaker who was speaking in the previous paragraph. I highlight words having to do with values and virtues by placing them in boldface type. Enjoy this look at “money values” vs. “life values,” based on Kevin’s characterization of two ways of organizing our economic system.

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Amending Capitalism: How & Why? (V&E-18)

amending capitalism October 17th, 2017

The following piece is entitled “Amending Capitalism: How and Why?” and constitutes chapter 18 of the book Values & Ethics: From Living Room to Boardroom (itself based on an Internet-based talk radio show of the same name I did in times past). My erudite and ingenious partner in dialogue is Gar Alperovitz, Ph.D., professor of political economy at the University of Maryland, a former fellow of King’s College – Cambridge, a former fellow of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University, and guest scholar at The Brookings Institution. Gar’s words are indicated by the initials GA, and mine are JM. For paragraphs with no initials, assume they are a continuation of the speaker who was speaking in the previous paragraph. I highlight words having to do with values and virtues by placing them in boldface type. Enjoy this look at critiques of capitalism, worker-owned businesses, progressive economics, corporate social responsibility, and economic justice.

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Quotations About Business/Economics/Capitalism

quotations about business August 30th, 2017

There are many remarkable quotations about business and quotes on economics available online. What The Wisdom Archive can do is to bring hundreds of them together in the same place. Further, the collection of quotations about business one finds therein is unique because of its searchability, diversity, and utter truthfulness. Capitalism is not given a beautiful gloss, nor is anarchy heralded. Just as wisdom indicates that business is a force for good, it also has the potential to reflect humanity’s dark side. Here is a smattering of assertive and insightful quotations about business and interesting thoughts on economics from the perspective of Values of the Wise: 

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Responsibility Quotes: Stand Up Tall!

responsibility quotes May 28th, 2017

Responsibility is one of the values that wise persons respect and try to embody. It feels kind of like a duty, a point of honor, a “grown-up” thing to do to exercise responsibility as we walk through life. It’s not always easy to “keep your axe to the wheel” and take care of business. Responsibility quotes can be helpful though, because they can provide insight and inspiration for doing the right thing, getting things done, and behaving in a manner that your mom would be proud of! Here are a few thoughts on the subject, followed by an array of responsibility quotes and proverbs by a diverse grouping of individuals from various times and cultures. 

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