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w9: Ethics and economics IV /2548

Topic 2


  • w9: Dimensions of business ethics and CSR – mapping ethical space / figures 1
  • Background info – the critique of Friedman’s view of CSR

Main reading

Blowfield, M and Murray, A (2011), Corporate responsibility (2nd ed), Oxford: OUP

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


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

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

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

Past Examples

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

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

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