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Special Reports on Business Ethics

In collaboration with AKO Foundation, Knowledge@Wharton has produced four special reports on business ethics. The first was on corporate governance, the second on moral philosophy, the third on business for peace and the fourth on corruption. The topics were chosen, in part, to show the inter-relationships among these themes as companies try to navigate the ethical challenges of the modern world. A strong structure of corporate governance is needed to ensure that business organizations operate sustainably. A good understanding of moral philosophy is a critical part of doing business ethically. A company that behaves with integrity can play a crucial role in stabilizing areas of conflict and fostering peace. And finally, businesses that fully understand the risks of operating in corrupt countries will be more resilient and, quite possibly, more profitable than those that do not. Even if there was no financial profit to be gained, behaving always with integrity is the right thing for companies to do.

Knowledge@Wharton thanks AKO Foundation for its support in publishing this series. Founded by Nicolai Tangen in 2013, the AKO Foundation is funded in part by the profit from AKO Capital, one of the leading European investment funds. Since its inception, the AKO Foundation has been funded with more than $50 million to support projects that improve education or promote the arts.

Curbing Corruption

This special report explores corruption as a challenge to business ethics and to the pursuit of corporate virtue.

Business for Peace

For people to co-exist and thrive in harmony, business can and must be a force for peace. This special report looks at how it can play that role.

Moral Philosophy

Most business decisions have profound moral implications. This report explores how to view business behavior through the lens of moral philosophy.

Enhancing Corporate Governance

The first in a new series of reports on business ethics explores how firms can enhance their understanding and implementation of corporate governance.

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