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July 23, 2013 Ethics Builds Responsible Businesses

Source: All Africa

THE assertion "ethics is the foundation of good corporate governance" speaks to the heart of responsible business entities. This is so because most violations of corporate governance processes are a result of the absence of...

July 8, 2013 New Momentum for Change in Corporate Board Elections

Source: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times

Shareholder efforts that actually succeed in changing dubious corporate governance policies are so rare that when they happen, it makes you sit up and take notice. So it’s worth examining the results achieved so far this year by...

July 5, 2013 Passing the Buck at 7-Eleven

Source: Rebecca Smith, coordinator of the National Employment Law Project’s Immigrant

Dallas-based 7-Eleven’s response to the trafficking indictments of owners of a dozen of its New York and Virginia franchises has been tepid, to say the least. The convenience store giant needs to step up and take responsibility...[more]

June 20, 2013 Why We Should Teach Ethics in Our Public Schools

Source: Patheos.com

During my career, I’ve had the privilege of reporting directly to seven different CEOs at various Fortune 500 companies. One of the best was a gentleman by the name of Joseph Clayton. In addition to being an accomplished...

June 11, 2013 If a TOMS shoe fits, wear it

Source: Eleanor Bloxham is CEO of The Value Alliance and Corporate Governance Alliance

"If people can't trust not only the executive branch but also don't trust Congress and don't trust federal judges to make sure that we're abiding by the Constitution, due process and rule of law, then we're going to have some...[more]

June 11, 2013 Can You Afford Good Business Ethics?

Source: Better Business Bureau Blog

Is there a place for good ethics in business? According to a site on the history of Rotary, one attorney told Mr. Taylor, “If I followed your Test explicitly, I would starve to death.” Hmm. Can we really balance integrity and...

June 10, 2013 How to Monetize Plagiarism

Source: Joe Nocera, NY Times

This is a column about Jonah Lehrer, the 31-year-old disgraced former New Yorker writer who recently — sigh — landed a contract for a book about love. (Yes, love.) But I want to start by recalling another disgraced former...

May 23, 2013 The Corrosive Effect of Apple’s Tax Avoidance

Source: Floyd Norris, NY Times

The shameful thing about Apple Inc.’s ability to structure its business to avoid United States taxes was not that it did it. In fact, as Apple executives tried to point out at the Senate hearing at which their tax strategies were...

May 20, 2013 A Troubling Survey on Global Corruption

Source: Floyd Norris, NY Times

A new survey of corporate officials and employees in 36 countries — in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, as well as India — indicates that there is plenty of corruption that needs investigating. Over all, 20 percent of the...

May 17, 2013 Congress Should Get The IRS Out Of The Business Of Regulating Political Speech

Source: Forbes

True, the agency bungled its scrutiny of conservative political groups seeking tax-exemptions. But should it even be deciding which political organizations should get favored tax treatment and which should not? Why is a tax...

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