The Business Ethics Center of the Budapest University of Economic Sciences (since September 2004 Corvinus University of Budapest) was established by Jozsef Kindler and Laszlo Zsolnai in 1993. The mission of the Center is to promote ideas and techniques of business ethics in higher education, academic research, and business life. The functioning of the Center is based on the conviction that ethics is a relevant aspect at all levels of economic activities, from individual and organizational to societal and global. Complex economic problems require, we believe, multidisciplinary approaches using models from economics, management science, psychology, and ethics.
The ecological, the communitarian, and the feminist perspectives contribute significantly to our understanding of contemporary economic and social reality. Business ethics is practiced by the Center as a post-modern kind of scientific inquiry where normative and descriptive elements are not separated but intermingled. The Business Ethics Center has an active interest not only in business ethics but also in environmental ethics, information ethics, public service ethics, and international ethics. We try to create a practical synthesis of interdisciplinary ethics focusing on the new reality of economics and business in the 21st century.
The Director of the Business Ethics Center is Professor Laszlo Zsolnai (See Laszlo Zsolnai’s CV). Members are Associate Professor Zsolt Boda and Associate Professor Laszlo Fekete who holds the MOL Chair in Business Ethics. Zsuzsanna Gyori and Peter Kardos are PhD students in the Center. Associate Professor Maria Kostyal works as visiting lecturer in the Center. Monika Szatmari serves as secretary for the Center.
A number of well-known scholars are members of the International Advisory Board of the Center. They include Professor Edwin M. Epstein (Berkeley), Professor Stefano Zamagni (Bologna) and Professor Henk van Luijk (Amsterdam).