This collection of articles related to Responsible Management Learning is selected from previously published papers at the Journal of Business Ethics. Topics include: ethical theory, corporate social responsibility, global ethics, employee rights and obligations, consumer rights and product safety, ethical issues in marketing, obligations in accounting and investment and principles of environmental management.
The arguments tend to go as follows: (1) there are serious problems in the world, such as poverty, conflict, environmental degradation, and so on; (2) any agent with the resources and knowledge necessary to ameliorate these problems has a moral responsibility to do so, assuming the costs they incur on themselves are not great; (3) firms have the resources and knowledge necessary to ameliorate these problems without incurring great costs; therefore, (4) firms should ameliorate these problems.
It was suggested that, when considering the ethics of consequences , that there is limited value in considering the consequences of past actions, except as a method of deriving guidance, from experience, for making decisions that will have consequences in the future.
After his studies of Philosophy, German Literature and Art History at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (Germany) and at the Université de Fribourg (Switzerland), Urs taught at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, at the Uniwersytet Mikolaja Kopernika in Torun (Poland) and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (U.S.A.).
The current chairman, Oswald Grunwald, was brought out of retirement (from Credit Suisse) specifically to bring a new ethics focus; it is now rumored that the trading loss will cost him his job – just as substantive legal and ethical lapses brought an end to the prior chief executives (Peter Wuffli, in 2007, and Marcel Rohner, in 2009).