Associated Press. (2010). Yesterday’s coffee grounds become mushroom compost [Video]. Associated Press Video. Businesses today are confronted with having to address environmental ethics concerns. Some have taken the concept of “going green” as its own opportunity. This video presents a successful business which uses waste from coffee chops to grow mushrooms for sale to consumers.
Brenkert, G. (2019) Mind the gap! The challenges and limits of (global) business ethics. Journal of Business Ethics, 155(4), 917-930. Business ethics have focused on the three components of evaluation, embodiment, and enforcement. This article argues that a further component, enactment, also exists but is not readily addressed, presenting a gap in business ethics to fill.
Weber, J., & Wasieleski, D. (2013). Corporate ethics and compliance programs: A report, analysis, and critique. Journal of Business Ethics, 112(4), 609-626. Businesses have implemented formal compliance programs to meet expected ethical standards. The structure and efficacy of such programs vary. This article reviews the state of ethics and compliance programs among business organizations in the United States.
Kvalnes, Ǿ., Nordal, S. (2019). Normalization of questionable behavior: An ethical root of the financial crisis in Iceland. Journal of Business Ethics, 159(3), 761-775. Business may justify or normalize behavior that is unethical. This article reviews how such normalization of unethical behavior by financial businesses contributed to the 2008 financial crisis in Iceland, one of the countries hardest hit by this global financial crisis.
Floyd, L., Xu, F., Atkins, R., & Caldwell, C. (2013). Ethical outcomes and business ethics: Toward improving business ethics education. Journal of Business Ethics, 117(4), 753-776. Unethical business behavior may stem from a lack of business ethics education. This article addresses the status of business ethics education at the business school level.
Epley, N., & Kumar, A. (2019). How to design an ethical organization. Harvard Business Review, 97(3), 144-150. The authors take a look at ethics not as a belief problem but as a design problem. They present four principles to make ethics a fundamental component of organization design, including connecting ethical principles to strategies, keeping ethics top of mind, rewarding ethical behavior, and encouraging ethical norms in daily practices.
Goodstein, J., & Butterfield, K. (2010). Extending the horizon of business ethics: Restorative justice and the aftermath of unethical behavior. Business Ethics Quarterly, 20(3), 453-480. The article calls on the need for also addressing the aftermath of unethical behavior through restorative justice. The concept of restorative justice focuses on bringing together all parties with a stake in an offense to collectively resolve the issues.
Dion, M. (2011). Are ethical theories relevant for ethical leadership? Leadership & Organization Development Journal, 33(1), 4-24. Business is dependent on effective leadership. An understanding of ethics should go hand-in-hand with developing leadership skills. This article attempts to connect different ethical theories to various leadership approaches.