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w10: 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

2020 Examples

Booth, R (2020), Grenfell Tower suppliers knew their cladding would burn, inquiry told, The Guardian, Nov 9th

Elliott, L (2020), $427bn a year lost to tax abuse by firms and rich individuals, study finds, The Guardian, Nov 20th

Greenfield, P and Weston P (2020), Banks lent $2.6tn linked to ecosystem and wildlife destruction in 2019 – report, The Guardian, Oct 28th

Hern, A (2020), Apple whistleblower goes public over ‘lack of action’, The Guardian, May 20th

Holden, R (2020), Revealed: how the gas industry is waging war against climate action, The Guardian, Aug 20th

Rushe, D and Paul, K (2020), US justice department sues Google over accusation of illegal monopoly, The Guardian, Oct 20th

Smithers, R (2020a), Organic vegetable box firm Riverford certified as an ethical B Corp, The Guardian, Sept 21st

Smithers, R (2020b), Unilever sets target of €1bn in annual sales of plant-based foods, The Guardian, Nov 18th

Thunberg, R et al (2020), After two years of school strikes, the world is still in a state of climate crisis denial, The Guardian, Aug 19th

Past Examples

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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