Business ethics and corporate social responsibility

Business ethics and corporate social responsibility

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Complete Guide to Ethics Management

This guide is a straightforward and highly practical tool designed to help leaders and managers implement comprehensive ethics management systems in their workplaces in order to deal with the complex, ethical issues that can occur in the day-to-day realities of leading and managing an organization. It provides guidelines for managing ethics, identifies key roles and responsibilities, provides instructions for setting up a code of ethics and a code of conduct. Excellent site.

EUROPA Corporate Social Responsibility

This extremely rich and excellent site from the European Commission leads to all the works undertaken by the commission in the area of corporate social responsibility and in particular to the new policy on corporate social resposability which was issued in October 2011. Do not miss the report: «CSR in small business: good practice examples» and the guide to communicating about CSR.

Business Ethics Links Library

The Business Ethics Links Library (BELL) from the university of Colorado at Boulder is a comprehensive starting point for research in corporate ethics and social responsibility. The database provides access to codes of ethics for U.S. companies and trade and professional associations, ethics sites at college and university business programs, industry information resources, and company promotion of social responsibility. Excellent meta index and search engine. Do not miss the online ethics publications.

Ethics Compliance Management System Standard

The Ethics Compliance Management System Standard (ECS2000) is a guideline for corporations and other organisations which are endeavouring to conduct business in an equitable and responsible manner. The ECS2000 standard has been made publicly available by the Business Ethics Research Project at the Reitaku Centre for Economic Research. Very useful document for any organisation which aim to establish, apply, maintain and consistently improve an ethical-legal compliance management system.


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Caux Round Table

The Caux Round Table (CRT) is an international network of principled business leaders working to promote a moral capitalism. The CRT advocates implementation of the CRT Principles for Business through which principled capitalism can flourish and sustainable and socially responsible prosperity can become the foundation for a fair, free and transparent global society. Very rich and interesting site. Do not miss the section on resources, the CSR Handbook for SMEs, and the Guide to CSR and Business Ethics Codes.

European Corporate Governance Institute

The ECGI is an international scientific non-profit association which provide a forum for debate and dialogue between academics, legislators and practitioners, focusing on major corporate governance issues and thereby promoting best practice. Excellent and very rich site where you can access and download research newsletters and working papers. Of particular interest is the section on Codes & Principles where, on a country basis, you can download either existing guidelines or recommendations on corporate governance.

Canadian Business for Social Responsibility

Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR) is a non-profit, business-led, national membership organization of Canadian companies working to improve their social, environmental and financial performance. They have developed the GoodCompany Guidelines for Corporate Social Performance which are a set of guidelines that outline what companies can do to become more socially and environmentally responsible. Excellent site. Do not miss the CBSR Collaboration Assessment Tool and the CSR Governance Guidelines.


EthicsWorld’s mission is to disseminate information and strengthen understanding of the critical issues of institutional governance, business ethics and anti-corruption, by reporting on key developments and providing a forum for diverse opinions. The site is divided in 6 sections including news, ethics & employees, corporate governance, corporate social responsability, public sector governance and news from NGOs. Excellent site although some of the news / articles are sometimes a bit dated.

Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative

The University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative serves as a resource for business ethics education which provides a source of information on business ethics, corporate citizenship and organizational compliance. The goal of the e-business ethics center is to create a virtual community of organizations and individuals that share best practices in the improvement of business ethics. Excellent site with a very rich resources section. I particularly liked their examples of codes of conduct.


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OECD Principles of Corporate Governance

The OECD Principles of Corporate Governance were endorsed by OECD Ministers in 1999 and revised in 2004. They cover six key areas of corporate governance. ensuring the basis for an effective corporate governance framework; the rights of shareholders; the equitable treatment of shareholders; the role of stakeholders in corporate governance; disclosure and transparency; and the responsibilities of the board. Essential document. The Frequently Asked Questions and the 2004 Policy brief itself are even more interesting than the principles themselves. Do not miss the section on Corporate Governance and the Financial crisis

Kenan Institute for Ethics

The Kenan Institute for Ethics is committed to understanding and addressing ethical challenges facing individuals, organizations, and societies worldwide. This university-wide initiative at Duke University supports the study and teaching of ethics and promotes moral reflection and commitment in personal, professional, community, and civic life. While not directly focusing on Business Ethics this is an excellent site especially in the way it integrates their focus on Ethics throughout the whole university. Do not miss the case studies secction and their 5 year strategic plan.

Transparency International

Transparency International is an international non-governmental organization which brings civil society, business, and governments together in a powerful global coalition, and works at both the national and international level to curb both the supply and demand of corruption. Excellent site which includes a newsletter and a rich publications section. Do not miss the business principles for countering bribery.