Christian Ethics and Corporate Culture: A Critical View on Corporate Responsibilities (CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance)

Christian Ethics and Corporate Culture: A Critical View on Corporate Responsibilities (CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance)

Bartholomew Okonkwo

Language: English

Pages: 194

ISBN: 3319009389

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The essays collected in this book discuss the contemporary practice of corporate responsibility by applying the Christian principles of the unity of knowledge and pursuit of truth to the traditional principles of justice, human dignity and the common good, to rediscover a corporate culture that will help transform our economic system and the characteristics required to build an enduring trust in economic relationships. In this volume a select group of management theorists, theologians, legal scholars, economists and ethicists jointly strive ​to give back to the market economy its ethical and political dimensions. They assess the quality of present day corporate social responsibility, discuss the social and environmental costs of production and argue for an agenda that can be used in modern corporations in their effort to align profitability and growth with business ethics.




















adoption of ten principles within the safeguard of human rights, of labor, of defense of the environment, and struggle against corruption, and it aims to catalyze action supporting the objectives of the UN.23 Also OECD has been contributing for several years and in many ways to the debate of CSR. In one of the most recent documents, it underlines that “real CSR is about how a business is run—values and beliefs become real when they are lived every day and no amount of corporate rhetoric can

bubbling, ominous-looking chemicals—along with multiple rectifiers and other plating tanks and a dozen workers (including Dave, Jr.) dressed in protective gear, busily working. DynaChrome had so many requests for work that they had to turn some away in order to maintain their level of ISO 9000 quality. The inherent intrinsic satisfactions of growing a successful business operation were significant, but personal dissatisfaction with extrinsic rewards crept into the idyllic operation. After a

connection to sustaining human life. Capitalist economic institutions and capitalist firms are not without moral fault. We do well, morally and prudently, as children of God, to seek their improvement. Those who would do the difficult work of offering moral guidance for economic activity are duty-bound first to understand economic activity and to understand particularly its most successful and fecund form—capitalist economic activity. Admiration for Aaron Feuerstein’s leadership of Malden Mills,

effectively when one partner imposes its will on the other. Some dialogue is needed to sort through workplace conflicts to find what works best for all parties involved. Dialogue is almost fruitless when taking place between parties with noncommensurable bargaining powers and the mobility differential of capital relative to other factors impairs bargaining power in such a process. That leads to a distorted distribution of value added and to a worsening of entitlements for less protected

its strategic management. Asking the interested subjects if they would give their consent to being part of a firm in a 14 S. Zamagni state of nature in which they were guided only by enlightened self-interest—and not also by conventions and traditions—Rawlsian contractualism allows for the identification of a bargaining equilibrium. The fundamental property of such an equilibrium is that each stakeholder would accept it in order to cooperate voluntarily, given that it would be the expression

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