The Center for Ethics and Business at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles aims to provide an environment for discussing issues related to the necessity, difficulty, costs and rewards of conducting business ethically. Recognizing the special challenges connected with discussing ethical issues on a multicultural planet at the dawn of the 21st century, the Center encourages a secular and philosophical approach to these matters. While it respects the variety of traditions historically connected with ethics, it believes that a philosophical approach offers the greatest hope for agreement across opposing traditions and cultures.
The Center’s primary program is Business Ethics Fortnight, an annual three week event held every spring. Its centerpiece is an intercollegiate student team presentation competition. Business Ethics Fortnight also includes: the LMU Run for the Bay, a fundraiser for the local environmental organization, Heal the Bay; and “L.A.’s Weirdest Biathlon,” a combined academic/athletic contest.
The web site, launched in November 1998, attempts to advance the Center’s mission by providing a variety of resources and activities for as wide an audience as possible.