Mark Zuckerberg wants to make the world a better place: Productiveness vs. charity?

Facebook CEO and recent parent Mark Zuckerberg has written a letter to his newborn daughter—cum a political manifesto—in which he makes the ‘Billionaires’ Pledge’...

And the award for corporate appeasement goes to: Tim Hortons

Last week, I praised Exxon’s CEO for standing up to climate change activists and defending his company’s moral right to produce oil—a source of...

Why isn’t there more rational selfishness?

I am teaching business ethics to a class of MBA students. The course covers the main alternative moral codes: altruism—the most widely adopted code...

Why business people should be honest

In my years of teaching ethics to business students, I must have heard it all when it comes to justifying deception and lying in...

Altruism is not a guide for living—or for business

Most of us pursue self-interest every day: we eat nutritious food, engage in productive work (to have a purpose and to make a living),...

Why is there racism in business?

A recent trip to the Southern United States made me aware of a sad truth: racism is live and well, decades after racial segregation...

Does acting morally cost you?

I recently overheard on the radio  someone claim, discussing business ethics : “But of course, acting morally will cost you.” It gave me a...

What I learned from my business ethics students: The appeal of altruism

I taught two business ethics courses this fall: one to undergraduate business students, and the other to an Executive MBA class. It was a...

The secret to long-term profitability: Moral principles

As every business owner knows, starting and operating a business successfully requires continual decision making: What type of business to choose and why? Where...

What selfishness requires: lessons from Volkswagen

To say that there is a lot of confusion about selfishness is an understatement. Last week I wrote about Volkswagen’s emissions rigging and argued...

Volkswagen’s cheating was not selfish

Media coverage of Volkswagen’s astounding emissions-rigging scandal continues, for a good reason: the company’s (the executive’s who authorized the cheating and of all those...

Exploitation vs. trade: Win-lose or win-win?

A well-educated, intelligent acquaintance was telling me how the quality of care at a privatized, formerly government-run hospital had immediately declined after it was...