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Debating Voluntary Sustainability Certifications

Voluntary sustainability certifications (that is, ones that lack the backing of law) are always interesting, and sometimes controversial. Some people argue that if they’re voluntary, they’re doomed to be ineffective. Others argue that it’s better if industries can figure out

Debating Voluntary Sustainability Certifications

Voluntary sustainability certifications (that is, ones that lack the backing of law) are always interesting, and sometimes controversial. Some people argue that if they’re voluntary, they’re doomed to be ineffective. Others argue that it’s better if industries can figure out

Stealing from Corporations

The article linked below starts out with an interesting question, but ends up with an odd answer. The author asks whether it’s ok to steal from big companies. She points out that stealing is generally bad, but that the (moral)

Stealing from Corporations

The article linked below starts out with an interesting question, but ends up with an odd answer. The author asks whether it’s ok to steal from big companies. She points out that stealing is generally bad, but that the (moral)

Will Amazon Prevent Employee Discussion of Ethics?

Some employers prefer that workers not unionize. Amazon is one of those. And they’re apparently kicking around an interesting tactic: promote an in-house messaging system for employees to use, but forbid the use of certain terms — terms like “union”

Will Amazon Prevent Employee Discussion of Ethics?

Some employers prefer that workers not unionize. Amazon is one of those. And they’re apparently kicking around an interesting tactic: promote an in-house messaging system for employees to use, but forbid the use of certain terms — terms like “union”

Vague Values, Popular Principles

In the opinion piece linked below, the author takes companies to task for the lack of precision, and downright silliness, that sometimes invades corporate attempts to state publicly what they stand for. The criticism in on-target, for sure. One quibble:

Vague Values, Popular Principles

In the opinion piece linked below, the author takes companies to task for the lack of precision, and downright silliness, that sometimes invades corporate attempts to state publicly what they stand for. The criticism in on-target, for sure. One quibble:

“Shrinkflation”: Deceptive Price Increase or Consumer Irrationality?

Marketing strategy, behavioral economics, and (perhaps) business ethics collide in “shrinkflation”: the not-new but recently much reported-on phenomenon of resizing product volume downward rather than raising prices on consumer products—particularly groceries. On one hand, it shouldn’t matter: whether a package in

“Shrinkflation”: Deceptive Price Increase or Consumer Irrationality?

Marketing strategy, behavioral economics, and (perhaps) business ethics collide in “shrinkflation”: the not-new but recently much reported-on phenomenon of resizing product volume downward rather than raising prices on consumer products—particularly groceries. On one hand, it shouldn’t matter: whether a package in

The NBA and Covid-19: The Difference a Year Makes

The item below contrasts the NBA’s original conservative approach to managing their little corner of the Covid-19 pandemic with the approach the league is taking this year. It’s worth knowing that the National Basketball Association is an odd sort of entity,

The NBA and Covid-19: The Difference a Year Makes

The item below contrasts the NBA’s original conservative approach to managing their little corner of the Covid-19 pandemic with the approach the league is taking this year. It’s worth knowing that the National Basketball Association is an odd sort of entity,

Reparations for Century-Old Wrongs?

A government minister in Ireland is suggesting that pharma company GSK should make reparation payments to the families of individuals who were subject to unethical research practices in a series of vaccine trials conducted between 1922 and the late 20th

Reparations for Century-Old Wrongs?

A government minister in Ireland is suggesting that pharma company GSK should make reparation payments to the families of individuals who were subject to unethical research practices in a series of vaccine trials conducted between 1922 and the late 20th

Big Pharma’s Pattern of Wrongdoing

Here’s a fascinating study that looks at the long-term pattern of ethical/legal violations by big pharmaceutical companies. The study, by Denis Arnold and colleagues (at the Belk College of Business at UNC Charlotte), covers the period 2003 to 2016. The

Big Pharma’s Pattern of Wrongdoing

Here’s a fascinating study that looks at the long-term pattern of ethical/legal violations by big pharmaceutical companies. The study, by Denis Arnold and colleagues (at the Belk College of Business at UNC Charlotte), covers the period 2003 to 2016. The

San Francisco’s “Overpaid Executive Tax”: Pay Justice or Revenue Enhancement?

Proposition I, passed by San Francisco voters in the just-concluded election, is billed as a measure to combat pay inequity, at least between top executives and workers. Leaving aside whether Prop I’s 0.1% per hundredfold pay differential surcharge on annual

San Francisco’s “Overpaid Executive Tax”: Pay Justice or Revenue Enhancement?

Proposition I, passed by San Francisco voters in the just-concluded election, is billed as a measure to combat pay inequity, at least between top executives and workers. Leaving aside whether Prop I’s 0.1% per hundredfold pay differential surcharge on annual

Motojournalism: Conflicted by Changes in the Publishing and Motorcycle Industries

Journalism encounters conflicts of interest when journalists must cover and report on companies that advertise on the websites and in the pages of the publications where reporting appears. As advertising revenue dries up in the publishing industry, do the conflicts

Motojournalism: Conflicted by Changes in the Publishing and Motorcycle Industries

Journalism encounters conflicts of interest when journalists must cover and report on companies that advertise on the websites and in the pages of the publications where reporting appears. As advertising revenue dries up in the publishing industry, do the conflicts