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  • Advanced Technologies and Service
  • Aerofuels Group
  • Agrotechnopark Mir
  • Avanpost
  • Basic Element
  • Coordination Council of the International Congress of the Territories of Aisa Pacific Countries
  • Institute for Comparative Social Research – CESSI
  • International Telecommunications Academy
  • Interros
  • Intersputnik International Organisation of Space Communications
  • Iteren
  • JSC AviaInvest
  • JSC Foreign Trade Association (Rosneftegazexport Russian Foreign Trade Association)
  • Medargo Ltd.
  • Russian Aluminium Joint Stock Company
  • Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs(Employers)
  • Sistema JSFC
  • Volga-Dnepr Group

  • Basic Element

    CSR NEWS: Russia

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:11:44 +0000
    The 2016 Rio Olympics were a great sporting event, and an ethical mess

    So, the 2016 Olympics are over. And while the Olympics always seem to serve up their share of controversy, this year’s event in Rio seems to have had more than the usual quantum of troubles. In fact, the Rio Olympics featured enough scandals and ethical dilemmas to keep a university Moral Issues course going for […]
    Thu, 06 Feb 2014 21:40:15 +0000
    Sochi, and Solidarity With the Gay Community

    The business community can, and should, follow AT&T’s lead in speaking out in solidarity with the LGBT community. On February 4th, the company’s Consumer Blog featured an entry entitled, A Time for Pride and Equality. “We support LGBT equality globally and we condemn violence, discrimination and harassment targeted against LGBT individuals everywhere. Russia’s law is […]
    Tue, 05 Nov 2013 10:20:43 +0000
    Die zehn am meisten verschmutzten Orte weltweit

    Genf (csr-news) > Die unabhängige Umweltorganisation Green Cross Schweiz legt in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Blacksmith Institute, USA, eine Liste der zehn weltweit am stärksten verschmutzten Orte vor. Diese zehn Orte verteilen sich auf acht Länder. Die Top-Ten-Liste ist in alphabetischer Reihenfolge nach Ländern geordnet. Eine Rangliste zu erstellen, ist weder realistisch noch machbar, da die […]
    Fri, 09 Aug 2013 14:28:45 +0000
    Business, the Sochi Olympics, and gay rights

    In light of Russia’s appalling stance on gay rights, the Sochi Olympics represent a true ethical dilemma for the organizations involved. On one hand, Russia’s recent anti-gay law is truly ethically abhorrent, and should be denounced in the strongest possible terms. If Vladimir Putin’s government is willing to jail people, or worse, simply for expressing […]
    Wed, 19 Jun 2013 21:46:00 +0000
    Why all these whistleblowers recently?

    Whistleblowing, this obscure practice discussed in most business ethics textbooks (we do so in Chapter 7), has become a big topic of discussion these days. The latest incident is Edward Snowdon and his revelation about the ongoing surveillance of phone and internet usage of American citizens by the US government. But he is not alone: currently on trial is Bradley Manning, who provided Wikileaks with the material for exposing the diplomatic correspondence of the US government.

    The general contention with whistleblowing is becoming clear in both cases: are these individual traitors who defaulted on their duties by breaching the rules and codes they had agreed to abide by when entering their job? Or are they ‘heroes’ whose behavior is governed by higher, more general, and persistent ethical standards than their day-to-day job environment would allow them to follow?

    It is useful to look at some historic cases of whistleblowing – and indeed cases, where certainly by hindsight the general agreement seems to be that the whistleblowers are in the second category of ‘ethical hero’. Think of Jeffrey Wigand, the executive of tobacco company Brown&Williamson who exposed the practice of enhancing the addictive potential of cigarettes of his employer (famously turned into the movie The Insider). Or think of Sherron Watkins, who initially blew the whistle on the practices at ENRON and contributed to the uncovering of the scandal in 2001. Turning to the political sphere, currently many references are made to Daniel Ellsberg who in 1971 leaked the ‘Pentagon Papers’ disclosing that the US government for years had systematically mislead the public about the impact, casualties and costs of the Vietnam war.

    Whistleblowing commonly seems to occur in a situation where the moral status of organizational practice – be it a private company or a public institution such as the NSA or the Pentagon – deviate from the wider moral values which society deems appropriate. And crucially, it has to be added, these actions also deviate from the professed moral standards of the organization against which those individuals blow the whistle.

    This is rather evident in the case of Ellsberg: by the early 1970s, the public in the US all long thought that the war in Vietnam had lost its moral cause; his revelations proved that the US government, too, was all along aware that what it did in Vietnam no longer could live up to the public mission and norms according to which the American government professed to act. Similar are the cases of Wigand and Watkins: in the same way the Tobacco industry outwardly professed that they were not aware of the addictive impact of cigarettes, ENRON had always claimed to be an ethical company. The same applies to the current Manning and Snowdon cases: Obama ran on the promise to stop the abuses by the previous Bush administration and to restore basic civil liberties – and is now found out to do the same or worse.

    The dilemma of whistleblowers all points to the fundamental differentiation established by Max Weber a century ago: Members of a social group (incl. an organization) can act according to an ethics of responsibilityor according to an ethics of conviction. The first looks at the consequences of an action and basically suggests that a virtuous individual is one that lives up to the expectations of all who are affected directly by the consequences of an action. In practice, this boils down to abiding by the rules and procedures of the organization. The main arguments against whistleblowing then all come in the shape of what the effects of the revelations are on other people (that was the big argument against Wikileaks) or how it affects the general functioning of a secret service where everybody potentially can leak anything (the current debate on Snowdon).

    What justifies whistleblowing then is Weber’s ethics of conviction according to which an individual makes an ethical choice based on personal moral convictions. The act is based on principles, rather than anticipated consequences. In most cases whistleblowers refer to general principles of either good business practice regarding customers (the tobacco case) or shareholders (ENRON) or good government based on some basic democratic principles (such as the Ellsberg, Manning or Snowdon case).

    Historically, such reasoning based on an ethics of conviction always becomes more relevant at a time when fundamental values of society are in question and challenged. The Vietnam war raised basic questions about the moral limits of the cold war; the tobacco scandals exposed the lack of basic moral rules of consumer protection; ENRON initiated the ongoing moral scrutiny of a shareholder value dominated form of capitalism; the Manning and Snowdon cases now raise fundamental moral questions about civic liberties, civic rights to privacy and protection of personal data and the appropriate powers of the state in protecting these liberties.

    It is somewhat tragic – as probably the cases of Ellsberg and Wigand best illustrate – that whistleblowers are mostly recognized as moral, conviction-driven human beings quite some time after the events. At the time of the whistleblowing defenders of the status quo always wield two crucial tools: they can either invoke arguments following an ethics of responsibilityand point to the potential harm and the anarchic nature of the act; Bradley Manning’s trial can be followed as a textbook example of this reasoning.

    Or, they can try to discredit the ‘convictions’ of the whistleblower. Since these often reflect a wider moral consensus in society it is hard to attack those principles or norms directly. More effective seems to be an approach that discredits the whistleblower on a personal level. In Ellsberg’s case the CIA broke into his psychiatrist’s office to obtain information on his mental health and love life; in Wigand’s case a similar smear campaign was initiated. Currently with regard to Edward Snowdon, it is conspicuous how the entire political spectrum in the US is more or less embarking on this trajectory. From Bill Maher’s jokes last Friday night on Real Time to David Brook’s notorious profile in the New York Times - most seem eager to present him as some sort of self-aggrandizing nerd.

    Whistleblowers turn up at a time when societies or organizations are deviating from commonly accepted and widely shared moral values. Whatever our concrete judgment about individuals and their motives - the fact that whistleblowing occurs at this point in history clearly points to a wider epiphany. Ironically, Snowdon relocated to the very country which for so long has been accused by the West of not respecting the human rights of their citizens in exactly this issue arena – much to the distress of Google, Yahoo or other companies. It looks like Obama currently has a bit of a hard time to explain to China, Russia or even his European allies, how his approach to privacy and data protection still reflects basic values of liberal democracies.

    Picture by DonkeyHotey, reproduced under the Creative Commons License.

    Mon, 23 Apr 2012 18:15:14 +0000
    Secretary-General Appoints New Global Compact Board Members, Strengthens Focus on Business Engagement

    (New York) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed 14 new members to the Global Compact Board, the UN’s highest-level advisory body involving business, civil society, labour and employers organizations. The following individuals were newly appointed to serve a three-year term: Mr. Jorge Abrahao, President, Ethos Institute Mr. Kurt Bock, Chairman of the Board, BASF SE […]
    Tue, 08 Nov 2011 15:39:27 +0000
    Local Networks in Europe Convene

    (Rome) – The Global Compact Local Networks in Europe convened over three days for a Regional Meeting and sustainability conference – both focused on Rio+20 – as well as a training session and meeting of the Global Compact Local Network Italy. During the events a best practices publication was launched. Titled: The European UN Global Compact […]
    Tue, 07 Dec 2010 10:47:00 +0000
    Is too much transparency a bad thing?

    It’s been quite a week or so for transparency. The incendiary WikiLeaks release of almost a quarter of a million classified cables from the US diplomatic service has set news media across the world alight with daily revelations that have acutely emba...
    Fri, 05 Nov 2010 10:27:50 +0000
    European Global Compact Networks Strengthen Collaboration

    (Brussels) – Today Global Compact Local Networks from Europe concluded a regional meeting in Brussels, hosted by the Global Compact Network Belgium. Attendees included representatives from business, government, civil society, academia and international organizations. Local Networks in attendance included: Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Moldova, Netherlands, Nordic Countries, Portugal, Russia, […]
    Tue, 17 Aug 2010 14:09:19 +0000
    Governments Renew Support for the Global Compact

    (New York) – The UN Global Compact Office released today the report of the Ministerial Session held in conjunction with the Global Compact Leaders Summit 2010, held on 23-25 June in New York. Ministers and other high-level government officials attending the Ministerial Session encouraged the UN Global Compact to continue its activities as an innovative […]
    Mon, 31 May 2010 09:39:24 +0000
    EABIS 2010 Colloquium – Deadline extended for Call for Contributions – 18 June 2010

    Following the interest shown in the Colloquium in recent weeks and the many requests we have received, we are hereby extending the submission deadline to Friday, 18 June 2010.  Download the call for contributions. The 2010 Colloquium – Corporate Responsibility and Emerging Markets – goes beyond traditional … [visit site to read more]
    Fri, 16 Apr 2010 20:12:58 +0000
    Local Networks in Eastern Europe and Central Asia Hold Regional Meeting

    (Sofia) – Global Compact Local Networks from Eastern Europe and Central Asia met for a Regional Meeting in Sofia today, hosted by the Global Compact Network Bulgaria. Attendees included representatives from Local Networks in Georgia, Greece, Macedonia, Moldova, Serbia, Russia, Italy and Ukraine. The meeting, which focused on the status of network development, as well […]
    Wed, 06 May 2009 00:15:39 +0000
    E.ON kombiniert Print und Online im CR-Bericht

    DĂĽsseldorf > E.ON beschreitet heute im CSR-Reporting neue Wege. Als Druckversion erscheint das 28-seitige CR-Magazin „Verantwortung. Einblicke in unser Handeln“. Das Magazin verweist mit vielen Quicklinks auf die Website www.eon.com/verantwortung, wo eine umfassendere Berichterstattung ab sofort online gestellt ist. Der digitale Bericht orientiert sich an den Leitlinien der Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) und enthält eine […]
    Mon, 06 Oct 2008 16:56:00 +0000
    Does the free market corrode moral character?

    The John Templeton Foundation has placed online this outstanding symposium on the question, “Does the free market corrode moral character?” The answers take the form of short, readable essays by a dozen or so very sharp minds (including philosopher Michael Walzer, economist Tyler Cowen, and even chess-champ-turned speaker & activist Gary Kasparov). A few of […]
    Thu, 07 Aug 2008 09:28:59 +0000
    CSR in Russland: internationale Unternehmen als Vorbilder gebraucht

    Moskau > Russische Unternehmen stellen sich zunehmend ihrer gesellschaftlichen Verantwortung, jedoch ist Corporate Social Responsibility in der Russischen Förderation noch weit von ihrer Bedeutung in westlichen Gesellschaften entfernt. Obdachlose Kinder, Jugendkriminalität, Alkohol- und Drogenkonsum oder die Versorgung älterer Menschen sind nur einige der drängenden Themen in der russischen Gesellschaft. “Die öffentlichen Budgets werden stärker fĂĽr […]
    Fri, 11 Jul 2008 19:37:37 +0000
    You Really Should Get To Know Tim Fort

    Timothy L. Fort, Business, Integrity, and Peace: Beyond Geopolitical and Disciplinary Boundaries (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007) A Review by William C. Frederick, June 2008 Honestly, you should. Fort’s ideas are original, bold, daring, provocative, challenging — yet well grounded in theory, concept, research, and philosophy. He brings to his task an academic background […]
    Mon, 17 Mar 2008 00:07:55 +0000
    Europaweite Studie zum gesellschaftlichen Engagement von FuĂźballvereinen

    Die Profi-FuĂźballvereine der G-14-Gruppe engagieren sich in vielfacher Art und Weise fĂĽr eine zukunftsfähige Gesellschaft und berĂĽcksichtigen immer stärker soziale und ökologische Aspekte. Zu diesem Ergebnis kommt ein pan-europäisches Forschungsprojekt, das im Auftrag der G-14 von BitC und sechs Partnerorganisationen realisiert wurde. In Deutschland wurde das Projekt von UPJ durchgefĂĽhrt. Die G-14 ist ein Zusammenschluss […]

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