Held in late fall, Business Ethics Week brings in business and industry experts on topics at the intersection of business ethics, social justice, the environment and innovation.
Our 14th Annual Business Ethics Week is fast approaching! Last year, we had over 400 attendees (students, faculty and staff members of the SFSU community) participate in topics on ethics and business sustainability across the week. This year, speaker events will be held from November 18-22.
Students across campus are welcome to attend!
We have a timely roster of speakers and events from:
Innovation & Ethics
- Artificial Intelligence & The Environment: Technological advances to minimize waste, Chris Levaggi, Recology
- Artificial Intelligence & Ethics: Advances in Electric Vehicles and Automation
- Ethical Finance & Technology: Professor Todd Feldman, Finance & Professor Buddy Ungson, International Business
Business Ethics & The Natural Environment
- Sustainability@SFSU: Caitlin Steele, Director of Sustainability and Energy
- Creating Regenerative Ecosystems: Screening: The Biggest Little Farm
- Circular Economies and Ethical Supply Chains: Una Hrnjak, Global Sustainability Initiatives at The GAP, Inc.
Business Ethics & Social Justice
- Reimagining Capitalism: Conversations with Professor Sep Modrek, Economics & Professor Oscar Stewart, Management
- Inclusion Starts at the Top: Moire Rasmussen, CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion & PwC
- Speaking Up and Speaking For: The Conscription of Political Representatives, Professor Wendy Salkin, Stanford University
San Francisco State University's Lam Family Lam Family 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 the Lam Family Lam Family 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.
The Lam Family Lam Family 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?
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.