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01-May-2019 Ethics News - May 1, 2019 A recent roundup of commentary on ethical issues currently affecting organizations.

"Experts say 'predatory' essay writing firms are thriving, and there's no law to stop them" This CBC piece goes undercover in the dark world of custom essay writing, and interviews professors and academic integrity specialists at Ryerson about the result.

"Why Not Appoint an Algorithm to Your Corporate Board?", from Slate. Given the huge information-processing demands on corporate boards, it's not surprising that some are talking about increased use of algorithms. This piece doesn't mention the word, "ethics," but it's shot through with ethical issues.

"Fashion, Intellectual Property, and David vs Goliath" (on This piece explores the difficult legal terrain faced by small companies in the fashion industry, when faced with clearly unethical behaviour by bigger companies.

01-Apr-2019 Ethics News – April 1, 2019 A recent roundup of commentary on ethical issues currently affecting organizations.

"What’s so bad about bribery?" This piece from the Globe & Mail is by UofT philosopher Mark Kingwell explores the ethics of bribery, and asks what differentiates high-level bribery in international business from more mundane forms of influence used in everyday life.

"Companies that want to be sustainable have to start with acting ethically" In this piece, David Grayson, chair of the Institute of Business Ethics, considers the relationship between ethical behaviour and sustainability, and the way both are bound up with corporate culture.

"Seven Key Competencies To Develop Future Leaders" In this article, Organizational Development Consultant Ann Holland outlines the key competencies of great leaders. #2 is integrity, but several of them are actually about ethics, one way or the other.

"Stores Selling Less — On Purpose" This short piece from Business Ethics Highlights asks whether companies ever have the obligation to try to sell less of a given product.

01-Mar-2019 Ethics News March 1, 2019 A recent roundup of commentary on ethical issues currently affecting organizations.

"Microsoft workers’ letter demands company drop Army HoloLens contract". Here's yet another interesting piece in what seems to be a trend: tech workers objecting on ethical grounds to the work their company does.

"Jeffrey Skilling, Former Enron Chief, Released After 12 Years in Prison". After serving 12 years of a 24-year sentence, one of the most infamous names in the history of business ethics is back on the street.

"Uber Gender Earnings Gap: Discrimination or Not?" This commentary (at is about an academic study showing that women who drive for Uber earn 7% less, on average. Analysis shows several reasons, none of them having to do with discrimination. The question: what, if anything, to do about it.

"Climate change: 'Right to repair' gathers force". This story pits environmental concerns against intellectual property rights. Should it be easier for consumers to fix appliances, even if that means manufacturers have to give up control?

01-Feb-2019 Ethics News February 1 2019 Featured Articles Include:

"Six Dangerous Excuses To Compromise That Could Land You In Prison," by Ron Carucci for Forbes

It's well-established by criminologists that a lot of wrongdoing results from people giving themselves permission to use various rationalizations. This Forbes piece gives some nice examples.

"The Parable of Bernie Madoff" by David P Weber for The Hill This piece is about what an American professor of business ethics learned from his correspondence with Bernie Madoff.

"I Mentored Mark Zuckerberg. I Loved Facebook. But I Can't Stay Silent About What's Happening." by Roger McNamee for Time

This article is adapted from the book by Roger McNamee's, the veteran Silicon Valley investor. McNamee was a mentor to Mark Zuckerberg, and an early promoter of Facebook, but now worries that the firm, and its leadership, has gone badly astray ethically.

07-Jan-2019 Ethics News January 7 2019 Featured Articles include:

This month's first article is from It's about ethics in technology -- which not surprisingly ends up overlapping a lot with the ethics of business.The article is called "Experts Reveal Their Tech Ethics Wishes For The New Year.

Our second item is based on a survey by the Global Ethics & Compliance Initiative. It's called "Stealing, lying, cheating, bullying — people miserable at work do unethical things".

And as is so often the case we can begin the New Year by looking back, via these two "Top 10" lists:

The first is from the University of Bath, and is called "Top 10 Responsible Business Stories: 2018"

The second is from the editors of Business Ethics Highlights: "Top 10 Business Ethics Stories of 2018".

19-Jul-2018 Ethics News July 19, 2018 Featured Articles Include:

In this month’s first article, from The Globe and Mail, EU regulators hit Google with record 4.34 billion euros antitrust fine for using its Android mobile operating system to squeeze out rivals.

In our second article, from the Harvard Business Review, a study used sensors to show that men and women are treated differently at work.

In our third article, from the Guardian, Microsoft calls for facial recognition technology rules given “potential for abuse”, warning authorities might track, investigate or arrest people based on flawed evidence.

In our final article, written by Sydney Lazarus, Deloitte’s 2018 Millennial Survey finds that young professionals across the globe are unsure about their ability to adapt to Industry 4.0 technologies and are increasingly critical of business ethics.

15-Jun-2018 Ethics News June 15, 2018 Featured Articles Include:

In this month’s first article, from The Guardian, in the Chinese city of Hengyang, we find a fatigued, disposable workforce assembling gadgets for Amazon, which owned by the world’s richest man.

In our second article, Sanofi responds to Roseanne Barr’s racist tweets –which she blamed on Ambien - by making it clear that racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.

In our third article, from Quartz, we learn that Google’s new ethics rules forbid using its AI for weapons, as well as for surveillance tools that would violate “internationally accepted norms”.

In our final article, from Canadian Business Chris MacDonald explains why we should celebrate business integrity when we see it.

14-May-2018 Ethics News May 14, 2018 Featured Articles Include:

In this month’s first article, by Allison Kanski in PR Week, learn what PR students need to bring to their first jobs – writing skills, ethics and diversity.

In our second article, from The Star, Aleksandra Sagan writes that shareholders rejected a proposal that Loblaw Companies Ltd. should determine the feasibility of paying its employees a living wage – one that varies by location and is calculated based on the cost of living.

In our third article, from Canadian Business, Chris MacDonald writes that leading an organization means accepting responsibility for what happens within it – for better or for worse.

In our final article CNBC reports Facebook has formed a special ethics team to prevent bias in its AI software, with the intent that its AI systems make decisions as ethically as possible.

13-Apr-2018 Ethics News April 13, 2018 Featured Articles Include:

In this month’s first article, from the Harvard Business Review, read about being an ethical business in a corrupt environment, and the benefits of taking a stance against corruption.

In our second article, from CNBC, read how Facebook is facing its biggest test ever – and how a lack of leadership could sink the company.

Access the article at In our third article, from The Globe & Mail, Erik Heinrich writes how in the #MeToo era ethics training is gaining urgency.

In our final article, a Ryerson University Webcast, listen to a keynote address by Leanne Nicolle on the subject, “Sexual Harassment and Moral Courage in the Modern Workplace”.

14-Mar-2018 Ethics News March 14, 2018 Featured Articles Include:

In this month’s first article by Annie Kelly for The Guardian, Nestlé admits slavery in Thailand while fighting a child labour lawsuit in Ivory Coast.

In our second article, a video from the BBC, we see a burger flipping robot begin its first shift. What are the implications for workers in the fast food industry?

In our third article, by Chris Butera in Chief Investment Officer, the Council of Institutional Investors calls for corporate board governance to mitigate sexual harassment.

In our final article, Chris McDonald in Canadian Business writes, “Unlike most boycotts, the #BoycottNRA campaign might really work”

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