How capitalism helps everyone flourish

In my business ethics course we always discuss the social context of business, particularly the implications of different social systems: the prevailing mixed economy,...

Giving is not a duty

At this time of the year, many of us are giving presents out of benevolence, goodwill, appreciation, and love—I hope. Gifts are a means...

Bill Gates, Justin Trudeau, and the misguided inequality crusade

Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft and a strong technology advocate, and Justin Trudeau, prime minister of Canada and a former high school teacher,...

Why every business student needs to learn about rational ethics

We all need ethics, a set of moral principles, to guide our choices and actions. Since we have no automatic knowledge of the right...

Giving is not a duty

At this time of the year, many of us are giving presents out of benevolence, goodwill, appreciation, and love—and for those reasons only, I...

Why do we fear capitalism?

My MBA students have been discussing alternative social systems as context of business in my business ethics class. While most see the value of...

Corporate Social Responsibility–why we should drop the concept

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a concept that has permeated the language of business as a taken-for-granted, feel-good synonym for ‘ethical.’ Despite the term’s...

Business is a moral endeavor

When I tell people that I teach business ethics, I am often told that it is an oxymoron because business cannot be moral. That...

Ethics of energy

Energy companies, particularly those producing fossil fuels—oil, natural gas, coal—are under attack by the environmentalists and their sympathizers in the media. It is one...

Objecting to the ‘season of giving’ by Peter Schwartz

Peter Schwartz has written an excellent, timely op-ed article in the Washington Post, with which  I wholeheartedly agree. Please see it here.

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),...

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...