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Business ethics

KEY DATES

44 BCE Roman lawyer Marcus Tullius Cicero writes De Officiis, discussing ideals of public behavior.

1200s Italian philosopher and theologian Thomas Aquinas argues that price has a strong moral aspect.

Early 1900s US president Theodore Roosevelt declares that businesses should “act for the interests of the community as a whole.”

1987 “Ethical Managers Make Their Own Rules,” a Harvard Business Review article by Adrian Cadbury, highlights the conflict between ethical and commercial considerations, and the increasingly close scrutiny of corporate decisions.

The fundamental assertion of business is that it exists to ...

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