Center for Ethical and Sustainable Business {College of Business}

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Business Ethics Week 2009

This November, the fourth annual Business Ethics Week at San Francisco State's College of Business will create a shared focus among faculty and students on the importance of business ethics, corporate social responsibility and sustainable business.

Activities

Business Ethics Week takes place Mon., Nov. 2 through Fri., Nov. 6, with events held on both the main campus and at the SFSU Downtown Campus.

During Business Ethics Week, faculty members include in their classes readings, case studies, speakers, exercises and discussions relating to ethical dilemmas in business practice.

Please Join Us for Three Special Events

On Tues., Nov. 3, Katie Excoffier from Genentech will speak on the main campus about the social responsibility and sustainability efforts of Genentech and the employee-driven Green Genes activities. A panel discussion and Q&A will follow.

On Wed., Nov. 4, Tim Smith, the founder of All About the Future, will speak at the SFSU Downtown Campus. His presentation provides insights into corporate practices as they relate to sustainable strategic initiatives.

Another event held Wed., Nov. 4 is Technology Based Social Ventures: Lessons from the Field. Come learn how technology-driven social entrepreneurship is changing the world—from the experts at SF State. STEPS (Social and Technology Entrepreneurship at SF State) is a new multidisciplinary initiative aimed at fostering scholarship, creative and outreach activity related to understanding the simultaneous creation of social and economic value within our organizations and institutions.

For more details about these events, see the Business Ethics Week Calendar

List of Faculty Activities in the Classroom

Business Ethics in the News

Management Professor Sally Baack participated on a panel discussion about the role of ethics in business on KQED. Watch the clip.

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.

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.

Emphasis in Sustainable Business

In addition, the College of Business is the first California State University to offer an MBA with an emphasis in sustainable business.

For more information about the emphasis, see Emphasis in Sustainable Business.

 

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