Society for Business Ethics 2008, Afternoon 2

Here’s what I saw during this afternoon’s sessions at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Business Ethics:

The first paper I heard was “Hustling Heritage: Corporate Social Responsibility and the Business of Culture,” by Kevin Gibson. The talk was basically about the conflict that sometimes happens between preservation of important cultural/heritage resources (e.g., Ayers Rock in Australia) on one hand and development (in particular, tourism) on the other.

The second paper was “Corporate Social Responsibility: Understanding the Historical and Modern Construct for Future
Results,” by Larry Ruddell. His focus was on the aspect of CSR that implies a duty to help the poor; he contrasted what we might call the old-school view of philanthropy with more modern understandings.

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