Business Ethics Week 2011

On October 31, 2011, Business Ethics Week kicks off at San Francisco State University's Lam Family 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.

In its sixth year, Business Ethics Week begins Mon., Oct. 31 and runs through Friday, November 4, with events held on the main campus and at the SF State Downtown Campus. During these seven days, faculty members include classroom activities such as relevant readings, case studies, speakers, exercises and discussions of ethical dilemmas in business practice.

Special Events

Join us for six special events during the week, see Business Ethics Week Calendar

Business Ethics Week Classroom Activities are scheduled activities in business classes in support of Business Ethics Week.

Read about some of the special events that happened during Business Ethics Week

Speaker Biographies

Read more about our special events speakers.


We wish to acknowledge our partners for Business Ethics Week 2011:

  • The Campbell Foundation
  • Decision Sciences Student Association (DSSA)
  • Economics Student Association (ESA)
  • Financial Analysis and Management Education (FAME)
  • International Business Students (IBS)
  • Information Management Systems Association (iMSA)
  • Management Organization for Business Students (MOBS)
  • SF State Net Impact
  • Women in Business

To learn more about the Lam Family College of Business student organizations involved in Business Ethics week, see Student Organizations.

History of Business Ethics Week

During the first Business Ethics Week in November 2006, over 4,000 business students at SF State's 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.

SF State’s 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.

MBA Emphasis in Sustainable Business

The Lam Family 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.