Emerging Global Business Ethics

Emerging Global Business Ethics

Emerging Global Business Ethics

Emerging Global Business Ethics

Synopsis

This volume explores worldwide developments in the field of business ethics. It studies ethical issues faced by transnational corporations, the possibilities for international cooperation after the cold war, as well as regional business ethics issues from around the world. The essays, taken from the Ninth Bentley Conference on Business Ethics sponsored by the Center for Business Ethics, include cases and regional studies from Africa, Eastern Europe, the Pacific Rim, and North and South America. Topics discussed include the BCCI scandal, the IBM-Fujitsu case, land-use policies, transnational codes of business conduct, ethics and international law, business and cultural diversity, and ethics and economic development.

Excerpt

Individuals in business face several challenges when they move beyond their own country and culture in search of customers and suppliers. One of the most difficult questions is: How do we resolve the conflicts between our home nation's civil laws and ethical principles and those of the country in which we are doing business? What, in fact, can we expect other countries' views of business ethics to be?

Attention to ethical business conduct is growing in parts of the world previously unconcerned about it, especially as some governments pass anticorruption laws and more multinational corporations (MNCs) formalize ethics codes and programs to strengthen their internal ethical climate. More companies' managers are becoming aware of the risk of expensive legal entanglements caused by doing business with firms having lower ethical standards than their own. Worldwide watchdog groups, such as Greenpeace, and global news coverage networks, such as the BBC and CNN, also increase the risk of global public relations disasters.

More and more businesses around the globe, small as well as large, are becoming multinational. Worldwide, local businesses are beginning to grapple with their own ethical dilemmas. For these reasons, it is important to expand the scope of the international business ethics field beyond a critique of large First-World MNCs. The Ninth Bentley College Conference on Business Ethics, therefore, was titled, International Perspectives on Business Ethics." The call for papers sought submissions on a variety of issues of which the impact of multinational corporate operations on the environment and culture of host coun-

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