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Business Ethics Week 2013

On November 4, 2013, Business Ethics Week kicks off at San Francisco State University's College of Business. The week-long event is intended to create a shared focus among students and faculty on the importance of business ethics, corporate social responsibility, and sustainable business.

A photo of faculty and students in a classroom at the SF State Downtown Campus.

Students encounter business ethics in a variety of classes and events during Business Ethics Week.

In its eighth year, Business Ethics Week begins Mon., Nov. 4 and runs through Fri., Nov. 9, with events held on the main campus and at the SF State Downtown Campus. During these five days, faculty members include classroom activities such as relevant readings, case studies, speakers, exercises and discussions of ethical dilemmas in business practice.

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.

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