Ethics Matters

Ethics Matters: Perspectives on Responsible Business is an online forum for the discussion of business ethics, corporate responsibility and themes pertinent to Seattle University. It features articles by faculty, scholars, business leaders, and students.

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Investing in Sustainability

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What is the relationship between the economic and moral case for investing in sustainability? Faculty Fellow Tina Zamora examines how the answer to this question varies, looking at the perspectives of investors, employees and regulators.
Mar 25, 2021

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Trust and Control

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Faculty Fellow and Professor Marc Cohen has published extensively on trust in business. In this post, he examines a fundamental question: how should we control the behavior of employees and business partners if we want to build a culture of trust?
Jan 21, 2021

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Examining Digital Ethics at Seattle University

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Like the administrations at all other Jesuit colleges and universities, the leaders of Seattle University have always understood the fundamental importance of ethics in a well-rounded education, even for students in the professional fields. Three leaders in the Initiative in Ethics and Transformative Technologies talk about digital ethics and their work in the intersection between technology and ethics.
Jan 21, 2021

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The Opportunities of ESG

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Valentina Zamora, Associate Professor of Accounting and current Faculty Fellow, provides perspective on her current research, which examines corporate reporting around environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance. Public corporations and their stakeholders are increasingly interested in companies’ ESG policies. Drawing upon the work of Costco Wholesale and Sheri Flies, Costco's Vice President of Sustainability and Compliance, Zamora argues that while measuring ESG is important, its real impact rests with the company values and courage expressed by a commitment to ESG.
Nov 24, 2020

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Equity and Women's Leadership

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Stacey Robbins' work as a Faculty Fellow this past year explored how pod-based peer coaching, small group coaching in which participants take rotating roles, can support women’s leadership development in organizations to help address the gender leadership gap. Research shows that while women have entered the workforce at the same rate as men for the past 25 years and earn at least as many bachelor’s and master’s degrees, fewer than 20% of the top leadership jobs nationwide are held by women. The gender leadership gap persists notwithstanding research that suggests that inclusion of women in high status leadership roles yields strategic and financial benefits for businesses and the moral and ethical imperative that organizations be representative of their stakeholders and society.
Sep 3, 2020

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