Center for Ethical and Sustainable Business {College of Business}

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Business Ethics Week

Business Ethics Week is held in late fall and involves over 5,500 undergraduate and graduate business students and faculty as they hear from business and industry experts on topics related to business ethics, corporate social responsibility, the environment and sustainable business.

Campus and downtown campus events and speakers have included former and current employees from companies such as PG&E, Hewlett-Packard, Starbucks Coffee Co., Genentech, Salesforce.com Foundation, FedEX, Bank of San Francisco, and the Gap Inc.

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Faculty

SF State's College of Business is one of the few business schools that require all graduate and undergraduate business students to take a Business & Society course—and has for the past 25 years. Most faculty in the fields of finance, accounting, marketing, information systems, economics, decision sciences, management, international business, and hospitality and tourism management, integrate modules on ethics and social responsibility in their courses.

History of Business Ethics Week

During the first Business Ethics Week in November 2006, over 4,000 business students at SF State's College of Business heard from more than 50 business and industry experts on topics related to business ethics. The College embraced the topic with approximately 50% of faculty integrating ethics-related modules or speakers. Campus-wide events included a former CIO of PG&E speaking on the topic of Corporate Ethics and a faculty panel on the topic of corporations and the environment.

The second Business Ethics Week in November 2007 again focused on classroom instruction, discussion and guest speakers in over 90 business classes. Outside corporate speakers came to campus from Hewlett-Packard and Starbucks Coffee Co.

The third Business Ethics Week in October 2008 created a shared focus among faculty and students on the importance of business ethics, corporate social responsibility and sustainable business with classroom instruction, discussion and guest speakers in over 90 business classes. Outside corporate speakers came to campus from Starbucks Coffee Co. and the Gap Inc.

The fourth Business Ethics Week, held in November 2009, continued the tradition of faculty from every department in the College conduct discussions and activities in their classrooms related to business ethics. A speaker from Genentech and an expert in sustainability were the featured speakers for undergraduate students and MBA/EMBA students.

SF State’s College of Business is one of the few business schools that require all graduate and undergraduate business students to take a Business & Society course—and has for the past 25 years. Most of our faculty members in fields such as finance, accounting, marketing, information systems, decision sciences, management, international business, and hospitality and tourism management, integrate modules on ethics and social responsibility in their courses.

Are ethics and sustainability important to you?

SF State's Graduate Business Programs offers two ways an MBA can focus their professional development to work for ethical, sustainable practice employers.

MBA Emphasis in Ethics & Compliance

SF State's MBA Emphasis in Ethics & Compliance is a unique graduate program that fulfills management and business needs for ethical business practices. Ethics and compliance professionals work with executives and employees to reduce the risk of unethical or illegal activities in organizations by developing operations and training to mitigate risks related to privacy, bribery, fraud, and regulatory compliance. For more information about the program, see MBA Emphasis in Ethics & Compliance

MBA Concentration in Sustainable Business

Sustainability: It's Good Business

Are you ready to join the movement? Around the world, sustainability is capturing the attention and imagination of a growing number of inspired businesses, governments, nonprofits and individuals who seek environmental and social dimensions of conducting responsible business in a global market. For more information about the program, see MBA Concentration in Sustainable Business

 

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