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SF State champions business ethics

October 24, 2008 -- Business ethics, corporate social responsibility and sustainable business will take center stage during Business Ethics Week. From Oct. 27-31, classes throughout the College of Business will focus on business ethics using guest speakers, case studies and other activities.

Photograph of San Francisco State's Downtown Campus.

San Francisco State's Downtown Campus.

"The general public is becoming more aware of poor business ethics -- large and small business scandals have been highlighted in the media as more employees, consumers and other stakeholders are affected by corporate missteps," said Denise Kleinrichert, assistant professor of management, who helped organize the event  with Professor of Marketing Bill Perttula. "Students are curious as to how their classes relate to these and other challenges in business practice and what their own roles as professionals and managers will be in business decision-making."
In its third year, SF State's Business Ethics Week is one of the largest efforts across the country dedicated to educating students about business ethics. During the 2007 Business Ethics Week, more than 90 classes participated with guest speakers from area corporations as well as special activities and projects.
This year's events will again feature industry professionals discussing issues related to corporate social responsibility. Corporate executives from Starbucks and Gap, Inc. will participate in a panel discussion Oct. 28 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Rosa Parks Room A-C in the Cesar Chavez Student Center.
The week is an opportunity to continue discussions about ethical business practices and demonstrate the College of Business' dedication to teaching social responsibility. The College requires all students to take a business ethics course before graduating and is the only College of Business in the CSU to offer an MBA emphasis in sustainable business.
"This week is an opportunity raise awareness of the importance of proper ethical decision-making in business environments," Perttula said. "Business ethics has had a place in business education for some time, but students and faculty benefit from more shared experiences on this topic."
For more information about Business Ethics Week, visit http://cob.sfsu.edu/cob/news/newsdetail.cfm?newsid=867

-- Michael Bruntz


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