Another corporate hero: Exxon Mobil fights back for free speech

Many oil companies succumb to the pressure from environmental activists and the media and join the fight against ‘climate change,’ or at least make...

Altruism means self-sacrifice, not benevolence

Despite the positive connotations of benevolence and kindness that most people hold for altruism, that is not what this moral code means. The Encyclopedia...

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...

Should we boycott Amazon?

Amazon has been “exposed” by the New York Times as “a bruising workplace” where employees are driven by callous managers to compete against their...

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...

A shareholder-employee conflict?

I just finished reading a Finnish novel in which the main conflict is between Forest Giant (English translation), a large forest products company in...

Why business and force don’t mix

My recent post on the Pope’s misguided accusation of business for exploiting workers has received some reactions that indicate a misunderstanding of the role...

Businesses make the world a better place

Hollywood has a long history of businessman movie villains, from Mr. Potter in ‘It’s a wonderful world’ to ‘Wall Street’s’ Gordon Gekko and Lord...

Are there right answers in ethics?

Ethics education is blossoming in business schools (see Financial Post article here). Yet, the scandals don’t seem to go away:...

The principle of justice: Is it ethical to fire employees who are on a...

Recently, I was interviewed for a national TV network’s local evening news on a case of two women who had been fired by their...

Is egoism obvious?

My book, How to Be Profitable and Moral: A Rational Egoist Approach to Business, has been translated into Finnish and was recently published in...

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...