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...

The Pope is wrong: Employment is not exploitation

Recently, during a mass at the Vatican, Pope Francis condemned wealthy employers for paying their workers low wages and accused them of “exploitation”. (Thank...

Why we should be selfish

I am teaching a business ethics course to MBA students where we cover the main moral codes, such as altruism (the morality of self-sacrifice)...

Apple should not have to pay taxes

Apple, the most highly valued technology company and the creator of wonderful products that millions enjoy and use to enhance their productivity, has been...

Are there right answers in ethics?

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

Riots Against Austerity Measures, Protests Against Tuition Hikes, And “No Zeros” High School Grading...

I have resisted commenting on political issues—such as the riots in Greece against the austerity measures by the government and the more than three-month...

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...

“Sensitivity” versus freedom of speech: why integrity trumps self-censorship

Recently my MBA business ethics class discussed the case of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo as well as the case of the Danish...

Three confusions in business ethics: selfishness, altruism and personal values

There seems to be three issues central to business ethics about which most people are confused: selfishness, altruism, and personal values. These are serious...

Exploitation vs. trade

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

Three errors about business ethics

In an ideal world, everyone understands that long-term profitability in business requires acting morally (and what that moral action involves). However, that knowledge is...

Embracing the nanny state versus valuing freedom

Everyone knows that freedom is an essential requirement of human survival and happiness. Correct? Apparently not. The other day I was listening to a...