Business ethics – not just CSR

By Philippa Foster Back CBE, Director, Institute of Business Ethics

Business ethics can be seen as stuffy and academic.  But what does it mean in reality?

To celebrate the Institute of Business Ethics’s 30th Anniversary, we’ve asked our corporate subscribers to ‘adopt’ a day throughout November to talk about what business ethics means to them in practice.

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IBE subscribers include some of the world’s biggest brands, as well as professional bodies and small businesses, and they’ve made contributions ranging from blog posts, videos to podcasts.

This 30 day celebration of business ethics highlights practical ways in which companies bring their ethical values to life.

Too often, companies confuse business ethics with corporate social responsibility. Business ethics is about doing things ethically, rather than doing ethical things. Some companies come from controversial sectors, which is why it is all the more important that they examine how they do business.

What does it really mean to be an ethical company? How do your corporate values influence the culture of your company? Throughout November we’ll explore what words like trust mean for organisations and the people who work for them.

We hope it will be an inspiration to others and generate debate about business and its purpose in society. Our aim is to get the message across that doing business ethically makes for better business.

Find out more about IBE’s 30 days of ethics here.

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