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Business ethics

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Business--Moral and ethical aspects
Businesspeople--Professional ethics
Commercial ethics
Corporate ethics
Corporation ethics
Professional ethics


Article

Guilty corporate minds: regulating corporate (mis) conduct

Enforcing good company behaviours and punishing corporate wrongdoings using laws designed to assess the intentions of individuals is fraught because corporate entities do not have minds. ‘Systems Intentionality’ seeks to offer a new, and workable, way to assess the intentions of a corporation.
Report

External Review of the Queensland operations of The Star Entertainment Group Limited

Allegations of money laundering, criminal infiltration and other integrity issues have, over the last two and a half years, prompted several major public inquiries and regulator investigations into Australian casino operations. This report outlines the findings from an external review into the operation of The...
Report

How Australia can stop unfair business practices

This report explores laws that ban or restrict unfair practices across Europe, United States, United Kingdom and Singapore and the lessons that Australia can learn from them. It also outlines the elements that Australia could consider when implementing an effective unfair trading prohibition.
Report

New politics: a better process for public appointments

Many federal and state government boards, tribunals and agencies are stacked with people who have worked in politics – almost always for the party that was in government when they got the job. This report argues that Australian politics has a growing ‘jobs for mates’...
Policy report

Integrating responsible business conduct in public procurement supply chains: economic benefits to governments

This paper provides insights for policy-makers and practitioners on the economic benefits of integrating responsible business conduct in public procurement supply chains. It analyses both direct and indirect economic benefits, and looks into the broader impact on businesses and individuals beyond national borders.
Report

Amazon: the world’s largest company is subsidised by you

Amazon is widely known globally for its online retail sales and delivery, but Amazon’s profits are primarily driven by cloud computing and rely heavily on contracts with governments. This report reveals the growth and scale of Amazon’s government contracts and calls for action by governments...
Briefing paper

How Meta extorted Australia

This briefing highlights key details of whistleblower revelations about Facebook’s unprecedented tactical response to the development of Australia’s News Media Bargaining Code in February 2021, and the concurrent reforms that were made to the Code, all of which handed significant power to Facebook.
Report

Selling out: how powerful industries corrupt our democracy

This report explores how the powerful fossil fuel, gambling and tobacco industries are attempting to take advantage of Australia’s weak integrity laws, thereby distorting the nation's democratic processes, to put profits ahead of society's wellbeing.
Position paper

A stronger corporate registry: analysis and recommendations

This paper asserts that Australia has inadequate corporate regulatory systems. This enables people who have been involved in corruption and other illegal activities to register companies in Australia.
Report

Corporate crime in Australia: the extent of the problem

This is the first study to comprehensively examine the frequency, nature and context of offending by Australian corporations. While similar studies have been conducted in other countries, particularly the United States, the extent to which Australian corporations offend—and whether they do so across multiple regulatory...
Report

Muzzling dissent: how corporate influence over politics has fueled anti-protest laws

This report examines anti-protest laws passed or introduced in three American states — Louisiana, Minnesota, and West Virginia — and traces how corporate influence has spurred elected officials to attempt to use those laws to clamp down on opposition during the construction of new, controversial...
Report

Ethics owners: a new model of organizational responsibility in data-driven technology companies

While actual job titles vary, ethics owners are tasked with 'translating public pressure into new corporate practices' by creating an ethical framework for technology workers to operate within. The authors of this report assert that understanding the work of ethics owners—and the tensions they face—is...
Conference paper

Customizing Lean leadership: new facilitator case studies

This paper shares success stories from the new facilitators on how their teams, in the company’s value stream, applied Building a Lean Culture with a Lean Leadership (LL) training program knowledge to their business.
Journal article

Corporate behavior: an exploratory study of the Brazilian tax management from a corporate social responsibility perspective

The purpose of this article is to analyse financial and social responsibility information disclosed by the five main Brazilian construction companies that are being investigated in Brazil’s Operation Car Wash because of inappropriate behaviour.
Report

Justice tempered

This report finds that the Australian finance sector’s concentration on profits at all costs compromises the ethical integrity of workers in the industry. The report argues that while the Banking Royal Commission uncovered widespread misconduct in Australia’s banking and financial services sector, it failed to...
Journal article

Convergent insights for sustainable development and ethical cohesion: an empirical study on corporate governance in Romanian public entities

This study aims to analyse the relevance of and the interdependencies between financial governance assessment indicators and income efficiency with synergetic effects on sustainable development and social cohesion, offering a distinct contemplation on errors in governance and financial reporting.
Journal article

Challenges of electronic reverse auctions in construction industry — a review

This paper consolidates and critically discusses current knowledge concerning the adoption and use of electronic reverse auctions in the light of specific features of the construction industry. Findings indicate that studies are addressing five main areas, i.e., suitability of electronic reverse auction (eRA) for construction...
Journal article

Exploring the factors triggering occupational ethics risk of technology transaction in Chinese construction industry

The technology transaction, like any other, is not immune to unethical occupational behavior. This study aims to investigate the source of occupational ethics risk during technology transaction in the Chinese construction industry.
Journal article

Critical success factors for corporate social responsibility adoption in the construction industry in Malaysia

In the construction industry, corporate social responsibility (CSR) is increasingly valued as a strategic tool for business sustainable development and for addressing ethical issues. However, understanding the concept of CSR in the construction industry, and how to practice it, is limited. This study aims to...
Report

Company pulse 2019

This CEDA survey report shows that Australians expect a broad contribution from business, focused not just on the bottom line, but social and environmental performance as well.