Virtue Ethics

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Module 2 – SLP

Virtue Ethics

In Module 2 SLP, you will locate a scholarly article related to
Corporate Social Responsibility in the library. Then, you will write a 2- to 3-page
paper, in which you will summarize the article, and state why the
article is an important contribution to the idea of Corporate Social
Responsibility (or CSR).

Required Reading

Refer to the Background section of Module 2 for required and optional readings.

Assignment

In a well-written, 2- to 3-page paper, evaluate a scholarly article related to CSR, and discuss the merit of the article for today’s organizations.

Keys to the Assignment

Visit the library, and find a scholarly article related to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

  1. In 1-2 paragraphs, define what is meant by CSR.
  2. Briefly summarize the article (1-2 paragraphs).
  3. Discuss the contribution of the article to our knowledge of CSR –
    i.e., discuss why the article is important to our understanding of CSR.
    In short, why does this article matter?
  4. Be sure to use at least one additional source from the library
    (other than your chosen article) to support your discussion and analysis
    (choose a source that is not included in the Background section of Module 2).
  5. Follow the guidelines in The Student Guide to Writing a High Quality Academic Paper
  6. You are expected to demonstrate evidence of critical thinking – as defined in the Module 2 background materials and the grading rubric.
  7. Save your completed paper, and upload your assignment before the due date.

SLP Assignment Expectations

Your paper will be evaluated using the grading rubric.


Reading Materials

Module 2 – Background
Virtue Ethics
Virtue ethics can be traced as far back as Plato and Aristotle. Of
course, virtues include such traits as fairness, self-control, and
generosity. It is not difficult to understand how such characteristics –
or virtues – as honesty and integrity would be relevant in the context
of business ethics. In this module, we will use virtue ethics as a lens
through which we will evaluate an organization’s business practices.
The following sources provide a very good overview of virtue ethics:
Velasquez, M., Andre, C., Shanks, T., & Meyer, M. J. (2008). Ethics and virtue. Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. Retrieved from http://www.scu.edu/ethics/practicing/decision/ethicsandvirtue.html
Virtue ethics. (2011). Seven Oaks Philosophy. Retrieved from http://www.sevenoaksphilosophy.org/ethics/virtue.html
In the SLP, we will be exploring the concept of Corporate Social
Responsibility, or CSR. It has been said that business leaders are never
asked about their personal sense of ethics these days – at least not
until they are seated in front of a legislative committee. It would seem
that there is an abundance of truth in this statement – that is, we
don’t often think about our organizational leaders’ sense of ethics
until they’ve gotten themselves into serious legal trouble.
All of this begs the question of whether highly ethical
organizational cultures are more apt to produce ethical behaviors.
Common sense tells us that they would. But if this is true, then why
don’t all – or perhaps most – organizations have ethical behaviors? One
possible answer might be that building an ethical organization requires a
lot of money, a lot of know-how and emphasis, a lot of dedicated
people, and a lot of organizational energy.
Corporate Social Responsibility, or CSR, begins with engagement –
that is, a company’s engagement with internal and external stakeholders
(not “stockholders,” but stakeholders – those individuals or
entities that have some interest in the company – e.g., employees,
stockholders, potential investors, suppliers, buyers, the government,
and the community-at-large). Begin by reading the following articles
related to CSR, and what it means for organizations to be “socially
responsible”:
Brooks, C. (2013, May 22). Social responsibility no longer optional for businesses. Business News Daily. Retrieved from http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/4528-social-responsibility-not-optional.html
Fallon, N. (2014, December 22). What is corporate social responsibility? Business News Daily. Retrieved from http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/4679-corporate-social-responsibility.html
Optional Reading
The following article is also a very good overview of CSR. The
article raises the pointed question as to whether organizations should
choose to be socially responsible because of the derived financial
benefits, or because being socially responsible is simply the right thing to do:
Perakis, E. (2009, April). Corporate responsibility: A business driver or an ethical obligation? Global Focus, 3(2), 60-63. Retrieved from ProQuest.
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