Interest in business ethics has increased significantly in recent years due to a growing number of high-profile scandals involving fraud, environmental pollution or mistreatment of customers or employees. Another key driver has been the increasing focus on corporate social responsibility and corporate citizenship, emphasising the duties and responsibilities of organisations of all kinds towards wider communities as a whole and rising public expectations about how organisations should behave.

This topic traces the roots of business ethics and how they relate to the different areas of an organisation’s day-to-day actions and activities. It examines examples of ethical issues, key ethical theories and ways of conducting ethical business.

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