Our Role at
Business ethics today
requires a truly international approach that takes cultural differences into account. The Center for
International Corporate Responsibility aims to raise awareness
and increase understanding of the global consequences of corporate
What We Do
The center, founded in
early 2002, approaches its mission from several directions.
- We aim to stimulate
interest in ethics at the Business School, in several ways:
- We organize a speaker
series. Past speakers include George Soros and John Dunning.
- We organize
Ethics Lunches. Recent Lunches have been attended by 50-70 students and faculty.
- We provide
ethics-related teaching material to faculty for integration into
- We provide ethical analyses of case studies
used in their courses.
- We sponsor an
intensive ethics workshop for entering full-time MBA students during
- We organize
conferences on International Corporate Responsibility with
from a wide variety of geographic, cultural, and economic backgrounds. The first three were in Pittsburgh (June 2002), Amsterdam (June 2004), and
Hong Kong (September 2006).
- We publish conference
- We organized a track
and Cultural Factors at the CBI semiannual meeting in Pittsburgh
(October 2004) and a forum on Ethics of Intellectual
Property at the Stuttgart meeting in 2005.
Why Focus on
International Corporate Responsibility?
the world shrinks, its nations and peoples remain as diverse as ever.
make global decisions but may not understand
the cultural and economic systems their
Corporate responsibility has assumed international proportions
and, in the
process, a new level of complexity.
A key aim of CICR is to understand the cultural
situation and how it bears on corporate social responsibility.