David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Business Ethics 103 (1):95-110 (2011)
This case study examines the relevance of taking social and political factors into consideration when a corporation is making a key business decision. In September 2009, Simon Beresford-Wylie, the outgoing CEO of Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), was reviewing the company’s achievements – while acknowledging the latest public criticism regarding NSN’s business relationship with the Iranian government. In the summer of 2009, NSN was accused of complicity in human rights violations linked to Iran’s presidential election. The company sold network infrastructure and software solutions to the Iranian government, which then used this technology to observe, block, and control domestic communications. Should NSN have acted differently? Students are asked to examine the economic and moral arguments for and against selling products to an oppressive regime that might then use those products to violate human rights. In such a case, does the corporation bear co-responsibility for human rights violations committed by an oppressive regime?
|Keywords||censorship complicity human rights corporate social responsibility Nokia Siemens Networks|
|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
George G. Brenkert (2009). Google, Human Rights, and Moral Compromise. Journal of Business Ethics 85 (4):453 - 478.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Nina Seppala (2009). Business and the International Human Rights Regime: A Comparison of UN Initiatives. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 87 (2):401 - 417.
Ned Dobos (2011). Consistency in the Armed Enforcement of Human Rights: A Moral Necessity? Journal of Moral Philosophy 8 (1):92-109.
Iris Marion Young (2003). Feminist Reactions to the Contemporary Security Regime. Hypatia 18 (1):223 - 231.
Justine Nolan & Luke Taylor (2009). Corporate Responsibility for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Rights in Search of a Remedy? Journal of Business Ethics 87 (2):433 - 451.
Georg Schreyögg & Horst Steinmann (1989). Corporate Morality Called in Question: The Case of Cabora Bassa. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 8 (9):677 - 685.
Tania Penovic & Azadehi Dastyar, Boatloads of Incongruity: The Evolution of Australia's Offshore Processing Regime.
Stepan Wood (2012). The Case for Leverage-Based Corporate Human Rights Responsibility. Business Ethics Quarterly 22 (1):63-98.
Duane Windsor (2009). Developing a Global Regime for Human Rights. International Corporate Responsibility Series 4:83-105.
Stephen J. Kobrin (2009). Private Political Authority and Public Responsibility. Business Ethics Quarterly 19 (3):349-374.
David Antony Detomasi (2007). The Multinational Corporation and Global Governance: Modelling Global Public Policy Networks. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 71 (3):321 - 334.
Denis G. Arnold (2010). Transnational Corporations and the Duty to Respect Basic Human Rights. Business Ethics Quarterly 20 (3):371-399.
Bahaudin G. Mujtaba, Reza Tajaddini & Lisa Y. Chen (2011). Business Ethics Perceptions of Public and Private Sector Iranians. Journal of Business Ethics 104 (3):433-447.
Duane Windsor (2004). The Development of International Business Norms. Business Ethics Quarterly 14 (4):729-754.
Added to index2011-08-26
Total downloads18 ( #94,308 of 1,102,762 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #296,987 of 1,102,762 )
How can I increase my downloads?