Business Ethics Week

 

The Center for Ethical and Sustainable Business presents Business Ethics Week, Nov. 5-9, 2018. psychedelic colored globe splashing into green-colored background

Business Ethics Week explores how to balance profit, principles

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

Faculty

San Francisco State University'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 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.