Greenpeace admits to deception: Why business must defend itself

Business is under continual attack, by environmentalist and other NGOs, helped by Hollywood celebrities and often hostile media. The attackers accuse business of destroying...

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...

Outsourcing is moral

When I told my husband that I had to write this post defending outsourcing, he suggested the title “I love foreign workers.” Admittedly, that...

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...

Misunderstood self-interest

I have been reading articles about business ethics lately, and to my dismay discovered a common feature: a lack of understanding of self-interest. This...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Business is moral!

Business is in a dire need of moral defense. I have written recent posts defending the oil sands producers and outsourcing by banks, but...

Are Starbucks’ benefits to part-time employees altruistic?

Altruism is widely misunderstood. So is egoism. Many people believe altruism means benevolence and kindness and egoism ruthless exploitation of...

“But I don’t want to be moral!”

Upon receiving a copy of my book, How to Be Profitable and Moral, one CEO said: “I don’t want to be moral!” He was...