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Corporate Social Responsibility

Are Tech Firms Responsible for the Misuse of Their Products?
Do technology firms have an obligation beyond compliance to prevent their products from being used to further human rights violations?
Kirk Hanson and Patrick Coutermarsh
2014 Olympics: The Corporate Sponsors' Double Bind
Corporate sponsors of the 2014 Sochi Olympics found themselves in a double bind of sorts as mass protests spread against Russia's anti-gay legislation calling for the sponsors to speak out against the policy.
Kirk Hanson and Patrick Coutermarsh
How Many Minutes Does It Take to Eat a Happy Meal?
How far should local businesses go to align their values with those of the community it operates in, especially when they hurt the bottom line?
Kirk Hanson and Patrick Coutermarsh
Tesla's Response to Battery Fires and Safety Concerns
Recent incidents of Tesla's Model S catching fire has put increasing regulatory and media pressure on the automaker.
Kirk Hanson and Patrick Coutermarsh
Advocacy Group Crafts School Curriculum
The MPAA has crafted a school curriculum to educate students on the harms of piracy and importance of copyrights. Should advocacy groups be allowed to spread their message in the classroom?
Kirk Hanson and Patrick Coutermarsh
Corporations Exert Influence in Local Election
Kellogg, Monsanto, and Coca-Cola collectively broke the record for funding of a bill in Washington State, raising concerns over multinationals using their resources to determine local elections.
Kirk Hanson and Patrick Coutermarsh
NFL Broadcast Blackouts and the Public Good
The NFL's blackout policy is aimed at increasing attendance, but may only succeed in punishing local supporters.
Kirk Hanson and Patrick Coutermarsh
When Wasting Resources is Better for the Bottom Line
Do corporations have an ethical obligation to make use of all resources, even when it hurts the bottom line?
Kirk Hanson and Patrick Coutermarsh
Retraining vs. Hiring Aborad
Do tech firms have an obligation to hire Americans over foreign talent?
Kirk Hanson and Patrick Coutermarsh
Corporate Transparency in High Profile Terminations
Is the public entitled to know the details behind high profile terminations?
Kirk Hanson and Patrick Coutermarsh
Should Firms Participate in Government Data Programs?
Should tech firms be participating in government data programs, and to what extent should their users be informed?
Kirk Hanson and Patrick Coutermarsh
The Ethics of Exploiting Tax Loopholes
Firms have gotten more and more savvy at finding ways to legally pay less in taxes. Are they obligated to follow the "spirit of the law," or legality the only consideration?
Kirk Hanson and Patrick Coutermarsh
Should Retailers Cut and Run from Bangladesh?
In the fallout of the Bangladesh Factory Collapse, retailers face a hard decision: buckle down or migrate production to other countries. Is there an ethical component to this decision?
Kirk Hanson and Patrick Coutermarsh
Can Gun Manufacturers Advocate Their Narrow Economic Interests?
Is profit the only driver in corporate lobbying?
Kirk Hanson and Patrick Coutermarsh
Balancing Corporate Giving With Employee Perks
In tight economic times, how high of a priority should companies grant corporate citizenry relative to other expenses?
Kirk Hanson and Patrick Coutermarsh
Social Entrepreneurship and the Triple Bottom Line
Video defining social entrepreneurship and its relationship to ethics
Radha Basu
Mobile Technology and Social Media - Ethical Implications
In emerging markets in particular, mobile devices and social media have become ?life tools??used for telemedicine, banking, education, communication, and more. These developments give rise to new ethical challenges.
Radha Basu
Protecting Privacy and Society
Consumer and business data is increasingly moving to the "cloud," and people are clamoring for protection of that data. However, "maximum privacy" is really anonymity, and some people use it as a shield for illegal and unethical behavior. How should cloud service providers deal with this dilemma?
Steve Bennett
Corporate Ethics, Governance and Social Responsibility
A study comparing European business practices to those in the United States conducted for the Business and Organizational Ethics Partnership
Nathan E. Hurst
Corporate Moral Responsibility and the Ethics of Product Usage
SCU Dirksen Professor in Ethics Manuel Velasquez discusses expanding notions of corporate responsibility for personal injury.
Anne Federwisch
Toward Stronger Ethics in Government Relations
The senior counselor to the chairman at Hill & Knowlton discusses lobbying.
Tom Hoog
Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill: An Analysis of Ethics, Deepsea Drilling, and Risk
A Silicon Valley Engineer and SCU graduate student looks at the implications of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Erich Eminhizer
Ethics and Lobbying in Washington and at the State Level
The vice president for government affairs at Applied Materials outlines an agenda for ethical and effective lobbying.
Gary Fazzino
Safety, Corporate Responsibility, and the Oil Spill
Lessons from the oil spill on managing corporate behavior
Kirk O. Hanson
Consumer Rights and Corporate Responsibility
Issues in protecting consumer rights in China were the focus of this international business ethics conference.
Business Ethics in a Global World: An Introduction to the Issues
CEO of Business for Social Responsibility Aron Cramer offers perspectives on how Chinese and Indian companies apply business ethics.
Margaret Steen
2006-07 Business Ethics Outlook Press Briefing
Transcript of a press briefing about five critical ethical issues facing American businesses.
Jerry, Robert Finocchio, Kirk O. Hanson
Business Ethics Outlook 2006-07
Five crucial ethical issues on the agenda for American businesses.
New Strategies for Corporate Responsibility
A candid analysis of the potential and limitations of the corporate responsibility movement by U.C. Berkeley Professor David Vogel
Sharleen Sy
Social Evaluation: The Body Shop International 1995 (PDF)
The report presents the results of an independent evaluation of the social practices, performance and impact of The Body Shop International.
Kirk O. Hanson
From Synchilla to School Support
Outdoor clothing manufacturer Patagonia is recognized for corporate responsibility.
Lisa Gardiner
Winery With a Mission
Fetzer Vineyards exhibits attention to sustainability and workers' quality of life.
Miriam Schulman
The Sole Remaining Supplier
What are the ethical questions involved when a company is the only supplier of a high-risk, life-saving product?
Thomas Shanks
The Case of the Plant Relocation
Your company can make more money for shareholders by relocating plants to a country with low costs and fewer regulations.
Karen Musalo