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w9: Ethics and economics IV /2548

Topic 2


Main reading

Balch, O (2019), Good company: the capitalists putting purpose ahead of profit, The Guardian, Nov 24th

Blowfield, M and Murray, A (2014), Corporate responsibility (3rd ed), Oxford: OUP

Chryssides, GD and Kaler, JH (1993), An introduction to Business Ethics, London: Chapman and Hall

Fisher, C and Lovell, A (2009), Business Ethics and Values (3rd ed), London: FT-Prentice Hall

Friedman, M (1970), The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase its Profits, The New York Times Magazine, September 13

Garriga, E and Melé, M  (2004), Corporate Social Responsibility Theories: Mapping the Territory, Journal of Business Ethics, v54, pp51-71

2019 Examples

‘Anonymous’ (2019), I’m the Google whistleblower. The medical data of millions of Americans is at risk, The Guardian, Nov 14th

Conlon, S (2019), Zara clothes to be made from 100% sustainable fabrics by 2025, The Guardian, July 17th

McGreal, C (2019), Johnson & Johnson faces multibillion opioids lawsuit that could upend big pharma, The Guardian, Jun 23rd

Ratcliffe, R (2019), Major western brands pay Indian garment workers 11p an hour, The Guardian, Feb 1st

Sweney, M (2019), Facebook paid just £28m tax after record £1.6bn revenues in UK, The Guardian, Oct 11th

Taylor, M and Bartlett, J (2019), Fresh wave of climate strikes takes place around the world, The Guardian, Sept 27th

Walters, J (2019), Purdue Pharma: Oxycontin maker faces lawsuits from nearly every US state, The Guardian, Jun 4th

Wood, Z (2019), Richer Sounds founder hands over control of hi-fi and TV firm to staff, The Guardian, May 14th

Past Examples

Boseley, S (2017), Philip Morris waging global effort to hobble anti-smoking treaty, files show, The Guardian, July 13th

Burgen, S (2018), HSBC whistleblower Hervé Falciani facing extradition to Switzerland, The Guardian, April 5th

Butler, S (2017), Asda is named worst supermarket in treatment of suppliers, The Guardian, June 26th

Davies, R (2017), Carlsberg aims for zero carbon emissions after Trump’s Paris pullout, The Guardian, June 13th

Garside, J (2015), HSBC whistleblower given five years’ jail over biggest leak in banking history, The Guardian, November 27th

The Guardian (2017), Paradise papers

Makortoff, K and Reuters (2018), Whistleblower reveals more players in £178bn Danske Bank scandalThe Guardian, Nov 19th

Monaghan, A (2017), Rio Tinto charged with fraud in US and fined £27.4m in UKThe Guardian, Oct 18th

Pegg, D (2018), From Seattle to Luxembourg: how tax schemes shaped AmazonThe Guardian, April 25th

Safi, M and Rushe, D (2018), Rana Plaza, five years on: safety of workers hangs in balance in Bangladesh, The Guardian, April 24th

Smithers, R (2018), First sustainable Lego pieces to go on saleThe Guardian, Mar 2nd

Sweney, M (2017), Amazon paid just £15m in tax on European revenues of £19.5bn, The Guardian, August 10th

Walters, J (2018), Opioid lawsuit targets rich family behind drug that fueled US crisisThe Guardian, June 12th