Inspiring Ethics

New Center for Business Ethics will promote healthy business culture
2011-05-23
By Aaron Hayden
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The Center for Business Ethics is the product of a successful six-year trial business ethics seminar series—The Albers Business Ethics Initiative –which brought intensive programs on sustainability, fiscal policy, and compliance to nearly 1,000 students and professionals.   

The establishment of the new institution reflects the commitment of Seattle University’s Albers School of Business and Economics to the fundamental practice of business development as a service to common good, an expression of Jesuit commitment in the business realm.   

“A major goal of the Center for Business Ethics at Albers is to make clear to students, alumni, and the community that ethical business cultures correlate with the most successful businesses,” explained Aaron Hayden, graduate assistant and coordinator for the new Center. John Dienhart, Director of the Center agrees, and goes to say “The strength of our society depends on open and free competitive markets. Unethical business, by its very nature, subverts free markets. Nowhere is this more clear than in the recent financial crisis.” 

The kickoff event June 3rd will gather founders of the Center for Business Ethics at Albers with students, faculty, and business professionals who share this commitment and values.  After the inauguration, the Center for Business Ethics at Albers will be available as a resource for business people to discover the best practices of building ethical cultures in their organizations.   

To learn more about the Center for Business Ethics at Albers, visit: http://www.seattleu.edu/albers/cbe