In response to student concerns regarding corporations and how they impact individuals and communities, top business schools are offering courses and activities relating to ethics.
Harvard MBA grads are taking an oath of ethics. So far, almost 20% have signed a student-led pledge that promises, “[they] will act responsibly, ethically and refrain from advancing their ‘own narrow ambitions’ at the expense of others.”
Columbia Business School has an honor code which states, “As a lifelong member of the Columbia Business School community, I adhere to the principles of truth, integrity, and respect. I will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do.”
“I don’t see this as something that will fade away…It’s coming from the students. I don’t know that we’ve seen such a surge in this activism since the 1960s.” - Diana C. Robertson, professor of business ethics, Wharton University.
It is nice to know tomorrow’s leaders are striving to make the future better. Hopefully, it is not a fad and won’t change with necktie styles.
For the full story, click: A Promise to Be Ethical in an Era of Immorality - NYTimes.com, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/30/business/30oath.html?
Hat tip, LESLIE WAYNE, New York Times, Published: May 29, 2009