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SF State champions business ethics

News + Events : SF State champions business ethics

10/24/2008

Business
ethics, corporate social responsibility and sustainable business will
take center stage during Business Ethics Week. From Oct. 27-31, classes
throughout the College of Business will focus on business ethics using
guest speakers, case studies and other activities.

Photograph of San Francisco State's Downtown Campus.

San Francisco State's Downtown Campus.

"The
general public is becoming more aware of poor business ethics -- large
and small business scandals have been highlighted in the media as more
employees, consumers and other stakeholders are affected by corporate
missteps," said Denise Kleinrichert, assistant professor of management,
who helped organize the event  with Professor of Marketing Bill
Perttula. "Students are curious as to how their classes relate to these
and other challenges in business practice and what their own roles as
professionals and managers will be in business decision-making."


In its third year, SF State's Business Ethics Week is one of the
largest efforts across the country dedicated to educating students
about business ethics. During the 2007 Business Ethics Week, more than
90 classes participated with guest speakers from area corporations as
well as special activities and projects.

This year's events will again feature industry professionals discussing
issues related to corporate social responsibility. Corporate executives
from Starbucks and Gap, Inc. will participate in a panel discussion
Oct. 28 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Rosa Parks Room A-C in the Cesar
Chavez Student Center.


The week is an opportunity to continue discussions about ethical
business practices and demonstrate the College of Business' dedication
to teaching social responsibility. The College requires all students to
take a business ethics course before graduating and is the only College
of Business in the CSU to offer an MBA emphasis in sustainable
business.


"This week is an opportunity raise awareness of the importance of
proper ethical decision-making in business environments," Perttula
said. "Business ethics has had a place in business education for some
time, but students and faculty benefit from more shared experiences on
this topic."

For more information about Business Ethics Week, visit http://cob.sfsu.edu/cob/news/newsdetail.cfm?newsid=867

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Michael Bruntz


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