The Corporation, Ethics, and the Environment

The Corporation, Ethics, and the Environment

The Corporation, Ethics, and the Environment

The Corporation, Ethics, and the Environment


This volume focuses on the role of businesses in protecting the environment, utilizing studies of previous cases as well as current strategies and methods of possible future corporate conduct. The book provides an overview of the topic of business, ethics, and the environment, a series of recent cases and analyses, current and proposed corporate strategies, and suggestions for future approaches to business and environmental problems.


Gregory H. Adamian

Every two years for the last fifteen years, Bentley College, through its Center for Business Ethics, has been privileged to organize and host this important, intellectually challenging, and timely series of conferences. I especially emphasize their timeliness. Anyone familiar with the subjects covered by past conferences can only be impressed by their topicality. "The Ethics of Mergers and Acquisitions," "Ethics and the Multinational Enterprise," and "Ethics and the Management of Computer Technology" are the subjects of a few recent conferences that could have been taken from the newspaper headlines of those particular years.

This year's topic, "Business, Ethics, and the Environment," is no exception. For the last five years or so, an ever-swelling chorus of voices has expressed profound concern over the way humanity is mistreating the earth. Concern for our environment was first expressed on a mass scale in the 1960s, not coincidentally around the same time of the first widespread movements for nuclear disarmament. I say not coincidentally because each of these phenomena--massive pollution of the planet and the creation of greater numbers of more sophisticated nuclear weapons--threatens us with the total destruction of life on earth.

Some small progress has been made in recent years toward the lessening of the threat of nuclear war. the ascendance to power in the Soviet Union of somewhat more enlightened, pragmatic leadership and our own government's prudent, realistic response to that leadership have held out hope for more progress in the future. Perhaps this small diminishment in the nuclear threat underlies the new vigor with which men and women all over the world are confronting the fouling . . .

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