David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Business Ethics 19 (3):265-279 (2010)
This paper argues that corporate Codes of Ethics lose their ability to further moral responsiveness because of the narrow instrumental purposes that inform their adoption and use. It draws on Jacques Derrida's reading of Emmanuel Levinas to argue that, despite the fact that all philosophical language entails a certain violence, corporate Codes of Ethics could potentially play a more meaningful role in furthering ethical questioning within corporations. The paper argues that Derrida's reading of Levinas' notion of 'the third' could precipitate the emergence of a broader sense of ethical responsibility towards multiple others within corporations. Codes may also present the opportunity for corporations to engage in the reconsideration of their own purposes in the light of questions of justice towards multiple others. How these changes in the establishment and use of Codes may be accomplished is explored towards the end of the paper.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
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
Jacques Derrida (1978). Writing and Difference. University of Chicago Press.
Terry W. Loe, Linda Ferrell & Phylis Mansfield (2000). A Review of Empirical Studies Assessing Ethical Decision Making in Business. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 25 (3):185 - 204.
Jacques Derrida (1994). Specters of Marx. Routledge.
Campbell Jones (2005). For Business Ethics. Routledge.
Betsy Stevens (2008). Corporate Ethical Codes: Effective Instruments for Influencing Behavior. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 78 (4):601 - 609.
Citations of this work BETA
Patrick Maclagan & Tim Campbell (2011). Focusing on Individuals' Ethical Judgement in Corporate Social Responsibility Curricula. Business Ethics 20 (4):392-404.
Kam C. Chan, Hung-Gay Fung & Jot Yau (2013). Predominant Sources and Contributors of Influential Business Ethics Research: Evidence and Implications From a Threshold Citation Analysis. Business Ethics 22 (3):263-276.
Dan Munter (2013). Codes of Ethics in the Light of Fairness and Harm. Business Ethics 22 (2):174-188.
Magnus Frostenson, Sven Helin & Johan Sandström (2012). The Internal Significance of Codes of Conduct in Retail Companies. Business Ethics 21 (3):263-275.
Edward Wray-Bliss (2012). Leadership and the Deified/Demonic: A Cultural Examination of CEO Sanctification. Business Ethics 21 (4):434-449.
Similar books and articles
Mark John Somers (2001). Ethical Codes of Conduct and Organizational Context: A Study of the Relationship Between Codes of Conduct, Employee Behavior and Organizational Values. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 30 (2):185 - 195.
Ian Maitland (2005). Corporate Codes of Conduct. International Corporate Responsibility Series 2:65-78.
Mark S. Schwartz (2002). A Code of Ethics for Corporatecode of Ethics. Journal of Business Ethics 41 (1-2):27 - 43.
Jang B. Singh (2006). A Comparison of the Contents of the Codes of Ethics of Canada's Largest Corporations in 1992 and 2003. Journal of Business Ethics 64 (1):17 - 29.
Cynthia Stohl, Michael Stohl & Lucy Popova (2009). A New Generation of Corporate Codes of Ethics. Journal of Business Ethics 90 (4):607 - 622.
M. Schwartz (2001). The Nature of the Relationship Between Corporate Codes of Ethics and Behaviour. Journal of Business Ethics 32 (3):247 - 262.
Betsy Stevens (1994). An Analysis of Corporate Ethical Code Studies: “Where Do We Go From Here?”. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 13 (1):63 - 69.
Jang B. Singh (2011). Determinants of the Effectiveness of Corporate Codes of Ethics: An Empirical Study. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 101 (3):385-395.
Leonard J. Brooks (1989). Corporate Codes of Ethics. Journal of Business Ethics 8 (2-3):117 - 129.
Mark S. Schwartz (2005). Universal Moral Values for Corporate Codes of Ethics. Journal of Business Ethics 59 (1-2):27 - 44.
Added to index2010-07-02
Total downloads20 ( #139,664 of 1,725,237 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #349,103 of 1,725,237 )
How can I increase my downloads?