The W. Michael Hoffman Center for Business Ethics (HCBE) at Bentley University is one of the world’s leading research and educational institutes in the field of business ethics. While there are some exceptions, business ethicists are usually less concerned with the foundations of ethics (meta-ethics), or with justifying the most basic ethical principles, and are more concerned with practical problems and applications, and any specific duties that might apply to business relationships.
Because sales has been based on getting products sold and using product data as the main vehicle (Tell me who among you has never assumed that because your product is terrific that buyers will know how to buy it…. once you explain it, present it, advertise it, and pitch it brilliantly??), ethics have often been ignored.
The firm anti-corruption position of the World Bank and the many global anti-corruption initiatives of other world bodies are increasingly exposing the practice of bribery in an effort to control it. The 29 OECD countries have committed themselves to criminalizing the bribery of foreign public officials in their domestic laws by signing the Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions, in Paris on December 17, 1997.
The cultural values, relations and structure of modern Japan clearly affect how Japanese society operates, and this is also the case with modern Japanese business management systems in both very large and smaller Japanese companies, as has been proven in this essay.
It’s also worth nothing that property is central to the notion of business, as the chief activities of business pertain not to action, but to property: obtaining property, using it, providing it to others) in exchange for other property), so I expect it is a topic of constant concern.