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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”

12-Feb-2018 Ethics News February 12, 2018 Featured Articles include:

In this month’s first article from strategy + business, Carnegie Mellon professor Taya Cohen explains the connection between moral character and workplace performance.

In our second article, from The Daily Crunch, read how a California Appeals Court ruled that Tinder was discriminating against older users (those over 30) by charging them more for services than younger users.

In our third article, from The Guardian, read about research by Volkswagen involving animal cruelty and ongoing issues related to VW’s pollution scandal.

In our final article, from The National Post, read how three years ago, Ontario became the first province to regulate the practice of homeopathy to wide spread criticism the government was legitimizing “quackery”.

19-Jan-2018 Ethics News January 19, 2018 Featured Articles include:

In this month’s first article Sylvia Vorhauser – Smith, in Forbes, discusses humanizing technology and digitizing humanity – in terms of new technologies and the ethical parameters around which they should be assessed.

In our second article, from the American publication Think Progress, there is a discussion of the relationship between ethics, corporate strategy and PR, in terms of corporate misdirection regarding the recently approved GOP tax cuts.

In our third article, Andrew Ross Sorkin, writing in the New York Times, reports that when a multi – trillion-dollar investor talks about social responsibility, companies listen.

And saving the best for last, we are excited to provide you with a link to The Concise Encyclopedia of Business Ethics – at The Encyclopedia is published on a nonprofit basis by the Journal Review Foundation, and is edited by Chris MacDonald (an Ethics Centre Board member) and Alexei Marcoux, editors of the Business Ethics Journal Review. Its aim is to provide readers with a brief, useful overview of business ethics. It provides key definitions, main areas of controversy, and pointers for further reading in 29 short and readable entries.

14-Dec-2017 Ethics News December 14, 2017 Featured Articles include:

In this month’s first article, from The New York Times, Howard Schultz, the Executive Chairman of Starbucks says “There is a great need to achieve the fragile balance between profit, social impact and a moral obligation” to do everything possible “to enhance the lives of our employees and the communities we serve”.

In our second article, written by Monica Thakar for Forbes, read about six ways in which leaders can live out their values and create an ethical organization.

Our third article, written by Gael O’Brien for Business Ethics Magazine, discusses cultural change at Uber and how leaders can take a fresh look at their culture, and “create an environment where behaving ethically is easy”.

16-Nov-2017 Ethics News November 16, 2017 Featured Articles include:

This month’s first article, by Ken Belson in The New York Times, discusses claims by the families of debilitated former NFL players who say the league is obstructing their access to an estimated $1 billion settlement over concussions by reflexively rejecting valid claims and bogging down the process with unreasonable demands.

In our second article, from The Globe and Mail, Stephen Murphy, the Incoming President of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, writes that the gender gap is everyone’s problem – and to bridge it, engage men.

Our third article by the Editorial Board of The Toronto Star, “Ottawa needs to raise its ethical game” begins, “We need a better conflict of interest law and a watchdog who can do more than simply enforce it. But, as trust erodes and our democracy is tested, we also need moral leadership from our elected officials.”

17-Oct-2017 Ethics News October 17, 2017 Featured Articles include:

This month’s first article, from The Guardian, deals with technology in the workplace and a distorting effect of automation, asking the question, “To what extent are we being turned into workers that resemble robots?”

In our second article, from Business Ethics Highlights,“Transparency: Should Corporations Have Privacy Rights?” the editors direct us to The Washington Post, which addresses the rising trend of disclosure by companies of their political spending, “as employees and customers increasingly want to know more about the political positions and values of the companies they do business with”.

Our third article, by Terry O’Reilly of CBC Radio, explores how brands are becoming political.

19-Sep-2017 Ethics News September 19 2017 Featured Articles include:

This month’s first article from Business Ethics Highlights, asks the question, “Should a Man Head an Organization to Promote the Interests of Women?”

In our second article, Science Magazine writes, “Pharma Company Protects Patent by Leveraging Mohawk Nation’s “Sovereign Immunity”

Our third article, from the New Yorker asks, “Are Bosses Dictators?

14-Aug-2017 Ethics News August 14 2017 Featured Articles include:

In this month’s first article, the L.A. Times reports, “By firing engineer. Google shows what you can say – and what you can’t – at work.”

In our second article, Ryerson’s Dean of Business explains why “Diversity is Good for Business”.

Our third article, from the Globe & Mail, “Air Transat head pushes back on Liberal’s proposed passenger Bill of Rights”, asks if Government can intervene effectively to protect the interests of air passengers.

In our fourth article, “Conflict of interest, anyone?” the Washington Post writes, “Study: Doctors received more that $46 million from drug companies marketing opioids.”

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