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December 12th, 2014
Neuer Dirty Profits Report erschienen


Die Organisation Facing Finance hat zusammen mit anderen NGOs, darunter Urgewald und Frinds of Earth, anlässlich des internationalen Tags der Menschenrechte ihren inzwischen dritten Dirty Profits Report veröffentlicht.

December 11th, 2014
CSR-Forschung: Von „Ethics in Business“ bis „Soft Law als ordnungspolitisches Element einer Global Governance“



Wer forscht gerade wo zu welchen Aspekten der gesellschaftlichen Unternehmensverantwortung? CSR NEWS stellt in einer Serie aktuelle Projekte und Publikationen aus der deutschsprachigen Forschungslandschaft vor: Hier die vielfältigen Forschungsprojekte an der Universität St. Gallen.

December 1st, 2014
Umweltverantwortung: Unternehmensschwerpunkte und ihre Kommunikation



Welche Schwerpunkte setzen Unternehmen in Bezug auf ihre ökologische Verantwortung? Und wie kommuniziere sie diese? CSR NEWS hat die im CSR-REPORTING.NET verzeichneten Unternehmen danach gefragt. und dokumentiert nachfolgend die Antworten im Überblick. Neben dem großen Umweltthema Klimaschutz nennen die Befragten eine Vielzahl weiterer Umweltthemen, wobei der Wasserversorgung der Zukunft eine besondere Bedeutung zukommt.

November 29th, 2014
Umweltverantwortung bei der RZB-Group: Die Schwerpunkte und ihre Kommunikation



Welche Schwerpunkte setzen Unternehmen in Bezug auf ihre ökologische Verantwortung? Und wie kommuniziere sie diese? CSR NEWS hat die im CSR-REPORTING.NET verzeichneten Unternehmen danach gefragt. Die Antworten der Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich und der RZB-Gruppe übermittelte die RZB-Nachhaltigkeitsmanagerin Ulrike Capelare.

November 29th, 2014
Umweltverantwortung bei der BASF: Die Schwerpunkte und ihre Kommunikation



Welche Schwerpunkte setzen Unternehmen in Bezug auf ihre ökologische Verantwortung? Und wie kommuniziere sie diese? CSR NEWS hat die im CSR-REPORTING.NET verzeichneten Unternehmen danach gefragt. So antwortete der internationale Chemiekonzern BASF:

November 21st, 2014
UPS: Nachhaltige Logistik durch Effektivität



Mit seinen charakteristischen braunen Fahrzeugen ist UPS seit 1976 in Deutschland unterwegs. Weltweit stellt der United Parcel Service in 220 Ländern und Regionen täglich fast 17 Millionen Pakete und Dokumente zu. Über 3.600 Fahrzeuge und 17.000 Mitarbeiter sind hierzulande für UPS im Einsatz. „Wir sind überzeugt, dass Effizienz der Schlüssel zu nachhaltigen Logistiklösungen darstellt“, sagt Peter Harris, Europa-Direktor Nachhaltigkeit bei UPS.

November 20th, 2014
Frischer Wind im Brüsseler Lobbyisten-Dschungel: EU-Kommission will Kontakte zu Interessenvertretern publik machen



Sie arbeiten für Tabakkonzerne, Industrieverbände oder Verbraucherschutzgruppen: Zehntausende Lobbyisten und Interessenvertreter versuchen in Brüssel, Einfluss auf die EU-Gesetzgebung zu nehmen. Nach jahrelanger Kritik an undurchsichtigen Entscheidungsprozessen will die neue EU-Kommission die Öffentlichkeit ab Ende des Jahres über ihre Treffen mit Lobbyisten informieren. Transparenz-Initiativen lobten die Ankündigung vom Mittwoch.

November 19th, 2014
Verstöße gegen Hygiene- und Arbeitsrechtsvorschriften – Burger King kündigt Franchisenehmer



Burger King Europa hat heute mit sofortiger Wirkung die 89 Franchiseverträge mit der Yi-Ko Holding gekündigt. „Diese schwierige, jedoch notwendige Entscheidung wurde getroffen, nachdem sich die Yi-Ko wiederholt nicht an die vertraglich vereinbarten Arbeitsbedingungen für ihre 3.000 Restaurant-Mitarbeiter gehalten hat“, teilte das Unternehmen mit. „Die fortgesetzte Missachtung der Burger King Standards durch die Yi-Ko hat auch die Existenz der übrigen 165 Franchisenehmer und 25.000 Mitarbeiter in Deutschland gefährdet“.

November 13th, 2014
C&A Nachhaltigkeitsbericht 2014: Strategische Integration von Corporate Responsibility



Das Modehaus C&A hat am Donnerstag seinen Corporate Responsibility Bericht 2014 vorgelegt. Er erscheint online, als Print und PDF in Englisch, ein Berichtsteaser wird in 23 Sprachen zur Verfügung gestellt. In dem Bericht ist zu lesen, wie C&A Nachhaltigkeitsaspekte im Unternehmenskern verankern will – im Dialog mit seinen Stakeholdern.

October 24th, 2014
EU stellt die Weichen für globale Klimagespräche


Europa hat die Weichen für den globalen Kampf gegen die Klimaerwärmung gestellt. Nach stundenlangem Ringen einigten sich die 28 EU-Staaten am Freitag beim Gipfel in Brüssel auf die Senkung der Treibhausgasemissionen um "mindestens 40 Prozent" bis zum Jahr 2030.

October 19th, 2014
The future of business ethics research



This weekend offered an interesting opportunityto discuss, dissect and reflect on the state of the art of business ethics research and some of its future trajectories. At the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania a small group of business ethics scholars gathered from all around the globe to celebrate and honor the work of one of the faculty members, Professor Thomas Donaldson. Donaldson, a philosopher by training, can be considered one of the pioneers of the business ethics field and one of its most longstanding and certainly most influential voices over the last four decades.

Some of the speeches at the event focused on appraising and celebrating Donaldson’s impressive body of work, including many humorous interjections on Donaldson as a person by some of his contemporaries such as Norman Bowie, George Brenkert, Ed Freeman, or Pat Werhane. Most of the day though was dedicated to work by scholars who build on, extend, refine, and continue some of Donaldson’s work, including also entering a critical dialogue with his ideas.

Donaldson’s work is not easy to summarize as it covers a number of areas, incl. ‘hard core’ philosophical topics. Without downplaying any of those, one could argue that his work (mostly manifest in books and seminal articles) on corporations and morality, ethics and international business, and Integrative Social Contract Theory (ISCT, together with Thomas Dunfee) count among the most influential ones for the business ethics field. Much of the day was dedicated to develop those ideas further, and in particular ISCT seems to still have a long life ahead.


Thomas Donaldson
Taking a step back after reflecting on Donaldson’s work for 1½ days, it strikes that next to his solid contributions it is both his approach and his choice of topics decades ago which have maybe the strongest potential to inform work in business ethics for decades to come. Donaldson deserves credit for breaking out of the extant consensus in both, the narrower business ethics field as well as the general gist in management studies with an innovative take on at least three core research topics.


What is the unit of analysis in business ethics? 

For most of its short history, certainly until the mid 1990ties scholarly work in business ethics was mostly looking at the organizational level, or even below that, at the level of individual decision-making. What is to admire about Donaldson as a scholar is that he broke out of that consensus, most remarkably when publishing his book and papers around ISCT. The basic tenet of ISCT is that whatever happens in terms of ethical or unethical behavior in businesses is intricately linked to the outside world of business, to institutions that govern business, to wider socio political processes that incentivize or constrain whatever businesses – let alone individuals within them – are doing.

There are solid grounds to argue that this approach to researching ethical issues in business is still of highest relevance today.  On the opening panel of the conference Professor Margaret Blair gave a somewhat sobering account of recent court decisions in US corporate law. Blair, a longstanding authority and critic of the current shareholder dominated view of the firm, gave a short tour d’horizon of court rulings reflecting shareholder dominance as being stronger as never before (Ebay vs Newmark, Trado, CitizensUnited, Hobby Lobby). When the strongest institutions (in this case the law) governing business advocate a model of the firm which flies in the face of much of the basic tenets of the field of business ethics it appears that the odds are very much stacked against any of the aspirations of the field ever coming to fruition in the real world. 

The inspiration then from Donaldson’s work for business ethics scholars may be to further and refine some of the ‘Donaldsonian Themes’ (so the title of the conference); but it is fair to argue that the vision, courage and intellectual entrepreneurship to come up with new approaches of conceptualizing business in its wider societal context is maybe the biggest example and benchmark Donaldson has left for a next generation of business ethics scholars. Be it the relation of business and politics, be it the role of business in economic inequality, or be it the role of business in new technologies and big data – these are all new ethical challenges which ask for a wider and deeper conceptualizations of the role of business and its embeddedness in wider society.

Business ethics is not an epiphenomenon

For most of its history, and to some degree still today, business ethics has been considered as a subfield of management that deals with side-effects of business, with fringe occurrences, with phenomena, that maybe are of interest to the odd practitioner here and there. Certainly many scholars in the core disciplines of management, such as strategy or finance would echo such a view.

During the conference many colleagues highlighted that Donaldson throughout his career has worked in overcoming this categorization of business ethics work. That includes a lot of his writings but also his service to the academic community of management scholars. He was actively leading the subgroup ‘Social Issues inManagement’ of the Academy of Management but also engaged in a number of ‘field constituting’ ventures. Most notably his time as Associate Editor of Academy ofManagement Review (the top journal  for management theory) in the mid 2000s has led to a spate of work originating from scholars in the business ethics field, which was developed under his editorship into papers that speak to the core of the management discipline.

The purpose of the firm, the effect of business on the ecology, the role of business in development or peace – just to name a few examples of business ethics topics – are no longer side-shows. Many of these questions - certainly post financial crisis – are topics that touch the core of the management discipline. Donaldson has left a great example that business ethics scholars have to raise their voice louder and speak to a wider community. Business ethics has something to bring to the party, and Donaldson in is writing and service, has shown how to do this really well.

Management research is an multi-disciplinary venture

One of the things that stands out when looking at Donaldson’s work over four decades is that research in management as an applied discipline is best when it is phenomenon driven. That partly explains the enormous variety of issues he has taken on. The intellectual rigour, theoretical precision and an impressive skill at interesting and accessible writing is what has set a benchmark for ongoing scholarly work. What strikes most is his success – together with other colleagues – to establish philosophy as a legitimate core discipline in management research.

Many management scholars still consider economics to be the main theoretical foundation of management studies – a view maybe still strongest reflected in some of the management studies communities in Europe. In the 1960s, certainly with the rise and growth of marketing and parts of organizational behavior research, we can now consider psychology as a legitimate member of the canonized disciplines of management inquiry.

But this project of widening the theoretical and disciplinary avenues to management research is not over yet. In his writing Donaldson has certainly elevated philosophy as a strong candidate; in his editorial work at AMR he has contributed to make approaches from political science, sociology and others more familiar to the core community of management researchers. We can argue that continuing to widen the disciplinary focus of research in management is truly a ‘Donaldsonian Theme’ and a task for current and future generations of business ethics scholars.

Just as an afterthought - at the end of the conference there was arguably one topic conspicuously absent during the discussion: namely the phenomenon of power (corporate or political, alike). Looking at contemporary debates on, for instance, income inequality or on the roots and fallout of the financial crisis, this seems a somewhat conspicuous omission.  One explanation though could be that – as Richard DeGeorge, chair of the philosophy department during Donaldson’s PhD studies, pointed out at the conference – Donaldson as a student did not take too much liking in Karl Marx’ writings…


The good news then is that this weekend’s conference was not a celebration of Donaldson’s retirement. He will continue as Wharton faculty to be an active scholar and thus surprise, challenge and inspire us hopefully for many more years to come.

Top photo by frankrizzo805, reproduced under the Creative Commons License.


October 19th, 2014
The future of business ethics research



This weekend offered an interesting opportunityto discuss, dissect and reflect on the state of the art of business ethics research and some of its future trajectories. At the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania a small group of business ethics scholars gathered from all around the globe to celebrate and honor the work of one of the faculty members, Professor Thomas Donaldson. Donaldson, a philosopher by training, can be considered one of the pioneers of the business ethics field and one of its most longstanding and certainly most influential voices over the last four decades.

Some of the speeches at the event focused on appraising and celebrating Donaldson’s impressive body of work, including many humorous interjections on Donaldson as a person by some of his contemporaries such as Norman Bowie, George Brenkert, Ed Freeman, or Pat Werhane. Most of the day though was dedicated to work by scholars who build on, extend, refine, and continue some of Donaldson’s work, including also entering a critical dialogue with his ideas.

Donaldson’s work is not easy to summarize as it covers a number of areas, incl. ‘hard core’ philosophical topics. Without downplaying any of those, one could argue that his work (mostly manifest in books and seminal articles) on corporations and morality, ethics and international business, and Integrative Social Contract Theory (ISCT, together with Thomas Dunfee) count among the most influential ones for the business ethics field. Much of the day was dedicated to develop those ideas further, and in particular ISCT seems to still have a long life ahead.


Thomas Donaldson
Taking a step back after reflecting on Donaldson’s work for 1½ days, it strikes that next to his solid contributions it is both his approach and his choice of topics decades ago which have maybe the strongest potential to inform work in business ethics for decades to come. Donaldson deserves credit for breaking out of the extant consensus in both, the narrower business ethics field as well as the general gist in management studies with an innovative take on at least three core research topics.


What is the unit of analysis in business ethics? 

For most of its short history, certainly until the mid 1990ties scholarly work in business ethics was mostly looking at the organizational level, or even below that, at the level of individual decision-making. What is to admire about Donaldson as a scholar is that he broke out of that consensus, most remarkably when publishing his book and papers around ISCT. The basic tenet of ISCT is that whatever happens in terms of ethical or unethical behavior in businesses is intricately linked to the outside world of business, to institutions that govern business, to wider socio political processes that incentivize or constrain whatever businesses – let alone individuals within them – are doing.

There are solid grounds to argue that this approach to researching ethical issues in business is still of highest relevance today.  On the opening panel of the conference Professor Margaret Blair gave a somewhat sobering account of recent court decisions in US corporate law. Blair, a longstanding authority and critic of the current shareholder dominated view of the firm, gave a short tour d’horizon of court rulings reflecting shareholder dominance as being stronger as never before (Ebay vs Newmark, Trado, CitizensUnited, Hobby Lobby). When the strongest institutions (in this case the law) governing business advocate a model of the firm which flies in the face of much of the basic tenets of the field of business ethics it appears that the odds are very much stacked against any of the aspirations of the field ever coming to fruition in the real world. 

The inspiration then from Donaldson’s work for business ethics scholars may be to further and refine some of the ‘Donaldsonian Themes’ (so the title of the conference); but it is fair to argue that the vision, courage and intellectual entrepreneurship to come up with new approaches of conceptualizing business in its wider societal context is maybe the biggest example and benchmark Donaldson has left for a next generation of business ethics scholars. Be it the relation of business and politics, be it the role of business in economic inequality, or be it the role of business in new technologies and big data – these are all new ethical challenges which ask for a wider and deeper conceptualizations of the role of business and its embeddedness in wider society.

Business ethics is not an epiphenomenon

For most of its history, and to some degree still today, business ethics has been considered as a subfield of management that deals with side-effects of business, with fringe occurrences, with phenomena, that maybe are of interest to the odd practitioner here and there. Certainly many scholars in the core disciplines of management, such as strategy or finance would echo such a view.

During the conference many colleagues highlighted that Donaldson throughout his career has worked in overcoming this categorization of business ethics work. That includes a lot of his writings but also his service to the academic community of management scholars. He was actively leading the subgroup ‘Social Issues inManagement’ of the Academy of Management but also engaged in a number of ‘field constituting’ ventures. Most notably his time as Associate Editor of Academy ofManagement Review (the top journal  for management theory) in the mid 2000s has led to a spate of work originating from scholars in the business ethics field, which was developed under his editorship into papers that speak to the core of the management discipline.

The purpose of the firm, the effect of business on the ecology, the role of business in development or peace – just to name a few examples of business ethics topics – are no longer side-shows. Many of these questions - certainly post financial crisis – are topics that touch the core of the management discipline. Donaldson has left a great example that business ethics scholars have to raise their voice louder and speak to a wider community. Business ethics has something to bring to the party, and Donaldson in is writing and service, has shown how to do this really well.

Management research is an multi-disciplinary venture

One of the things that stands out when looking at Donaldson’s work over four decades is that research in management as an applied discipline is best when it is phenomenon driven. That partly explains the enormous variety of issues he has taken on. The intellectual rigour, theoretical precision and an impressive skill at interesting and accessible writing is what has set a benchmark for ongoing scholarly work. What strikes most is his success – together with other colleagues – to establish philosophy as a legitimate core discipline in management research.

Many management scholars still consider economics to be the main theoretical foundation of management studies – a view maybe still strongest reflected in some of the management studies communities in Europe. In the 1960s, certainly with the rise and growth of marketing and parts of organizational behavior research, we can now consider psychology as a legitimate member of the canonized disciplines of management inquiry.

But this project of widening the theoretical and disciplinary avenues to management research is not over yet. In his writing Donaldson has certainly elevated philosophy as a strong candidate; in his editorial work at AMR he has contributed to make approaches from political science, sociology and others more familiar to the core community of management researchers. We can argue that continuing to widen the disciplinary focus of research in management is truly a ‘Donaldsonian Theme’ and a task for current and future generations of business ethics scholars.

Just as an afterthought - at the end of the conference there was arguably one topic conspicuously absent during the discussion: namely the phenomenon of power (corporate or political, alike). Looking at contemporary debates on, for instance, income inequality or on the roots and fallout of the financial crisis, this seems a somewhat conspicuous omission.  One explanation though could be that – as Richard DeGeorge, chair of the philosophy department during Donaldson’s PhD studies, pointed out at the conference – Donaldson as a student did not take too much liking in Karl Marx’ writings…


The good news then is that this weekend’s conference was not a celebration of Donaldson’s retirement. He will continue as Wharton faculty to be an active scholar and thus surprise, challenge and inspire us hopefully for many more years to come.

Top photo by frankrizzo805, reproduced under the Creative Commons License.


October 16th, 2014
Lobbying in Deutschland – Defizite bei der Regulierung



Es fehlt an Transparenz und an einem klaren Verständnis von Lobbying. In einer aktuellen Studie befasst sich die Organisation Transparency International mit dem Einfluss der Lobbyisten auf politische Entscheidungsprozesse in Deutschland. Wer sind sie, was machen sie und wann fängt Lobbyismus an problematisch zu werden? Die Studie liefert Antworten und stellt auch Forderungen auf.

October 7th, 2014
Sinn, gutes Geld und Work-Life



Was ist dran an der These von der sinnorientierten Generation Y? Eine gemeinsame Studie des Netzwerks Enactus und des SVI-Stiftungslehrstuhls für Marketing der HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, an der sich deutschlandweit mehr als 1.000 Studierende beteiligt haben, verschafft einen genaueren Blick aufs Thema: Der „Sinn der Arbeit“ jenseits monetärer Vergütung ist wichtig – aber nicht für alle Angehörigen der Generation Y gleich wichtig.

September 15th, 2014
Reader’s Digest zeichnet C&A erneut als vertrauenswürdigste Marke aus



Am vergangenen Freitag wurde C&A Deutschland in Düsseldorf erneut mit dem Most Trusted Brands Award ausgezeichnet. C&A gilt damit seit elf Jahren in Folge als vertrauenswürdigste Marke in der Produktkategorie Bekleidung.

September 10th, 2014
Tradierte Rollenbilder und väterfeindliche Unternehmenskulturen


Düsseldorf (csr-news) > Viele Männer wünschen sich mehr Familienzeit lautet das Ergebnis einer Studie der Unternehmensberatung A.T. Kearney. Doch wie die Studie "361° - Nur Mut!" zeigt, haben bislang weniger als die Hälfte aller Väter familienfreundliche Leistungen - wie Teilzeit oder Elternzeit -



August 8th, 2014
Ranking der dreckigsten Kohlekraftwerke


Bonn (csr-news) > Neun der insgesamt 30 schmutzigsten Kohlekraftwerke in Europa stammen aus Deutschland, alleine vier unter den fünf größten CO2-Verschmutzern. Zusammen mit dem Climate Action Network Europe (CAN), dem WWF, der Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) und der Klima-Allianz Deutschland hat das



August 7th, 2014
Shell und Nigerias Regierung ignorieren Umweltschäden



2011 wurden die Auswirkungen einer Umweltkatastrophe im nigerianischen Ogoniland durch eine UNEP-Studie deutlich. Auslöser war die Beendigung der Ölförderung im Jahr 1993 durch den Mineralölkonzern Shell. Dieser hatte seine Anlagen ungesichert zurückgelassen, sodass in der Folgezeit ungehindert Rohöl austreten konnte, mit katastrophalen Auswirkungen. Geändert hat sich seitdem wenig, wie mehrere NGOs untersucht haben. Sie fordern die nigerianische Regierung und Shell zum Handeln auf.

July 3rd, 2014
„Das Heft in die Hand nehmen“: Textilunternehmen gründen MaxTex



Die Textilindustrie steht unter besonderer öffentlicher Beobachtung in Bezug auf ihren Umgang mit der Lieferkette, dem Personal und dem Abwasser. In öffentlichen Ausschreibungen werden zunehmend nachhaltige Textilien gefordert. „Grund genug, das Heft des Handelns in die Hand zu nehmen und mit Gleichgesinnten das voranzutreiben, woran man selbst auch glaubt“, sagte Klaus Jahn, Geschäftsführer des neu gegründeten Vereins MaxTex, am Mittwoch bei dessen erster öffentlicher Vorstellung in Köln. Im Vorfeld der Vereinsgründung hatte es branchenintern Irritationen gegeben.

July 2nd, 2014
Weniger ist mehr: BSH steigert Absatz supereffizienter Hausgeräte um 15 Prozent gegenüber Vorjahr



Die BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH hat 2013 den Absatz supereffizienter Hausgeräte in Europa um 15 Prozent gegenüber dem Vorjahr gesteigert und insgesamt 4,6 Millionen Geräte verkauft. Das entspricht einem Anteil von 35 Prozent des Gesamtabsatzes. Damit hat die BSH ihr Ziel bereits zwei Jahre früher erreicht als geplant.












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