Business Ethics in China: Resources
The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics has a long-standing interest in business ethics in the Chinese context: cultural and behavioral similarities and differences between China and the West, the challenges of doing business in China, complying with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and best practices for introducing and implementing codes of ethics in Chinese subsidiaries of Western organizations.
Videos on Business Ethics in China
A collection of materials featuring scholars and business executives with expertise on doing business in China
The following videos, introducing key issues in business ethics in the Chinese context, feature Kirk O. Hanson, executive director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, and Liu Baocheng, director of the Center for International Business Ethics in Beijing (CIBE).
Business Ethics in China and the U.S.
Labor and Environmental Standards in China
Corruption in China
Intellectual Property Protections in China
What Is Fair Trade Between China and the U.S.
Concepts of Corporate Social Responsibility in China and the U.S.
What China Has to Teach the U.S. About Ethics
Doing Business in China: Cultural and Legal Issues
Doing Business in China: Exploring Securities Fraud
The following videos feature Hanson and Stephan Rothlin, the general secretary of the CIBE.
Operating in China: Chinese Communist Party Philosophy, 2011
Operating in China: Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism, 2011
Ethical Challenges of Doing Business in China, 2010
Developing a Code of Ethics for Doing Business in China, 2010
Business Ethics: What We Can Learn From the Chinese, 2010
Finding Trustworthy Partners in China, 2010
Whistle Blowing in the Chinese Context, 2010
The following videos feature businesspeople experienced in China operations:
Identifying Fraudulent Companies in China
Carson Block, Research Director, Muddywaters
Patterns of Fraud in the Chinese Market
Jacqueline Fan, Partner, Ernst & Young
A Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Case Study
Randall, Gausman, former CFO, Rae Systems
The U.S. and China: Are Their Values Really Different?
David Chen, VP China Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft
Articles and Podcasts on Business Ethics in China
A collection of materials featuring scholars and business executives with expertise on doing business ethically in the Chinese context
A Sustainable China
Summary of a talk by Baocheng Liu about sustainability and corporate social responsibility in China.
Business Practices in China
Summary of a panel discussion featuring C.Y. Wang, Lisa Chen, David Chen, and Michael McCune on managing ethical risk in China.
Chinese Perspectives on Doing Business in China
Summary of a panel featuring Liu Baocheng, director of the Center for International Business Ethics
Western Perspectives on Business Practices in China
Summary of a panel featuring Chris Cooper, Deloitte; Carson Block, Muddywaters; and David Chen, Microsoft.
Building an Ethical Business Culture in China
Summary of a panel featuring Sheridan Tatsuno, Dreamscape Capital; Stanley Kwong, professor, USF; and Jacqueline Fan, Ernst & Young.
When Things Go Wrong in China
Summary of a panel on the FCPA featuring Chris Forrester, Morrison & Foerster, and Randy Gausman, former CFO of Rae Systems
Lessons on Ethics and Compliance in China
Five takeaways from a meeting on Business Ethics in China
Business Ethics in China
Remarks by Stephan Rothlin, general secretary of the Center for International Business Ethics in Beijing
Google, Doing Business in Asia: The Ethical Challenges
Remarks by Kirk O. Hanson, executive director of the Ethics Center, at a seminar, "Worlds in Collision?" co-sponsored by the Ethics Center and Morrison & Foerster
Beyond Compliance: Globalization Demands More Effective Programs
The Development of global behavioral standards
Taking Your Code to China
Why it is so difficult to apply Western companies' codes of conduct in China, and what the most successful companies are doing to make it work?
The Case of the Million Dollar Decision
A case study on a company seeking to do business in China and confronted with the request for payoffs
Consumer Rights in China
Seven questions on corporate responsibility for product safety and environmental laws
Taking My Business to China
Dialog between Rothlin and Hanson
Business Ethics in China
Hanson discusses the core issues with the Center's Emerging Issues Group
Google, China, and Moral Compromise
Talk by George Brenkert and Michael Santoro
Center Programs on Business Ethics in China
Ethics Center Executive Director Kirk O. Hanson is honorary chair of the Center for International Business Ethics (CIBE), Beijing, China, the first business ethics center in the Peoples' Republic. The Markkula Ethics Center sponsors events, scholarship, and presentations on the topic, and hosted the conference, "Business Ethics in a Global World: China, India, and Beyond" in 2007. Faculty from CIBE have visited the Ethic Center numerous times and have contributed to our understanding of the issues. This page provides access to the Center's materials on business ethics in China, including white papers, videos, and presentations by experienced scholars and business executives.
Photo by Sarmu, available under a creative commons license
Oct 2, 2015
Ethics in the News
Internet Ethics Director Irina Raicu comments.
The President and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation references The Trust Project.
Executive Director Kirk Hanson comments.