Substantive Ethics: Integrating Law and Ethics in Corporate Ethics Programs [Book Review]

Journal of Business Ethics 99 (S1):39-48 (2011)
Abstract
Continual corporate malfeasance signals the need for obeying the law and for enhancing business ethics perspectives. Yet, the relationship between law and ethics and its integrative role in defining values are often unclear. While integrity-based ethics programs emphasize ethics values more than law or compliance, viewing ethics as being integrated with law may enhance understanding of an organization’s core values. The author refers to this integration of law and ethics as “substantive ethics,” analogous to the substantive law that evolves over time, which is applied to ethical breaches and carries sanctions for non-compliance. This article describes the integration of law and ethics as a mid-point between two polar views that define law and ethics either as having no relation or as being one and the same. Since corporations expressly state which laws they follow, a sample of corporate compliance statements is used to demonstrate this integrative mid-point. The sample also reveals that corporate ethics codes rarely express ethics and law as being integrated per se. Therefore, the author creates an example of a securities law compliance statement that is introduced with an integrative perspective of law and ethics. Perhaps such revised corporate codes will encourage corporate respect for both law and ethics and enhance ethical sustainability
Keywords Business ethics and law  Core values  Corporate ethics codes  Ethical sustainability  Integrity-based corporate ethics programs  Substantive ethics
Categories (categorize this paper)
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
 
Download options
PhilPapers Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 10,978
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

View all 11 references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Similar books and articles
Michael L. Michael (2006). Business Ethics: The Law of Rules. Business Ethics Quarterly 16 (4):475-504.
Steven N. Brenner (1992). Ethics Programs and Their Dimensions. Journal of Business Ethics 11 (5-6):391-399.
Jeffrey Nesteruk (1991). The Ethical Significance of Corporate Law. Journal of Business Ethics 10 (9):723 - 727.
A. Kevin Reinhart (1983). Islamic Law as Islamic Ethics. Journal of Religious Ethics 11 (2):186 - 203.
Analytics

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2012-01-24

Total downloads

17 ( #97,082 of 1,100,902 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

8 ( #27,650 of 1,100,902 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Start a new thread
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.