The Emerson Center for Business Ethics at Saint Louis University is an interdisciplinary effort involving the John Cook School of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences. The Center represents a natural extension of the University’s long-standing commitment to a value-centered education imparted through the Jesuit tradition. Formal establishment of the Center was made possible in the early 1990s through the generous financial backing of the Emerson Corporation.
The mission of the Emerson Center for Business Ethics is to improve the practice of business by engaging in dialogue, teaching and research to advance the application of ethical perspectives to business decision-making.
The Center’s activities reflect its mission. Dialogue and direction on issues of business ethics are provided by the Center’s Advisory Board, which through its members reflect the viewpoints of business, consumers, government and the educational community. In the past years, the Center has provided a public forum for the discussion of such issues as advertising ethics, the variety of organizational responses to accusations of unethical behavior, and how computing and other information technologies have raised new ethical problems.