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Chinese Business Ethics Conference Focuses on Consumer Rights
"Consumer Rights and Corporate Responsibility" was the theme of the annual conference of the Center for International Business Ethics (CIBE) in Beijing, China, a partner organization of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. The conference was held Oct. 26 -27 in Beijing Sun City, and attended by scholars from around the world.
Stephan Rothlin, CIBE Secretary General, noted, "From the latest recall of potentially harmful toys by Mattel, to poisonous pet food and harmful toothpaste, it is clear that the issue of product safety in China can no longer be ignored." Rothlin found "disturbing common trends" between these scandals: an obsession with price cutting measures and the pursuit of profits at any cost."
Markkula Ethics Center Executive Director Kirk O. Hanson serves as CIBE's honorary chair and gave the closing remarks at the conference. In his talk, he summarized the seven main questions conference participants had debated:
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