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Economic Imperatives and Ethical Values in Global Business

The South African Experience and International Codes Today

  • S. Prakash Sethi
  • Oliver F. Williams
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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. The Setting

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. S. Prakash Sethi, Oliver F. Williams
      Pages 3-26
    3. S. Prakash Sethi, Oliver F. Williams
      Pages 27-55
    4. S. Prakash Sethi, Oliver F. Williams
      Pages 57-79
    5. S. Prakash Sethi, Oliver F. Williams
      Pages 81-97
    6. S. Prakash Sethi, Oliver F. Williams
      Pages 99-124
  3. The Sullivan Principles in Action Application of the Principles at the Corporate Level

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. S. Prakash Sethi, Oliver F. Williams
      Pages 127-138
    3. S. Prakash Sethi, Oliver F. Williams
      Pages 139-158
    4. S. Prakash Sethi, Oliver F. Williams
      Pages 159-182
    5. S. Prakash Sethi, Oliver F. Williams
      Pages 183-219
    6. S. Prakash Sethi, Oliver F. Williams
      Pages 221-244
  4. Conflicting Forces

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. S. Prakash Sethi, Oliver F. Williams
      Pages 247-278
  5. The End Game

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 313-313
    2. S. Prakash Sethi, Oliver F. Williams
      Pages 315-332
    3. S. Prakash Sethi, Oliver F. Williams
      Pages 333-347
    4. S. Prakash Sethi, Oliver F. Williams
      Pages 349-375
  6. Epilogue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 377-377
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 403-423

About this book

Introduction

religious values at the office door. Apartheid was an evil, and business had great power in South Africa. Where there is power, there is also responsibil­ ity. I prayed about this long and hard. I pushed the companies as much as I thought I could. There were advances and there were setbacks, but finally we prevailed and the Blacks of South Africa secured their freedom. My effort in behalf of the Sullivan Principles was only one of a number of significant efforts of the anti-apartheid movement. All of those other efforts must be recognized, as well. The Sullivan Principles and the manner in which they were implemented in South Africa were in the nature of a grand experiment in the sociopolitical change and economic uplifting of the Black people of South Africa. What is even more important is that the Principles were driven by an ethical and moral imperative, and were voluntarily implemented by a group of enlight­ ened United States multinational corporations. No grand design or vision is ever perfect. We fall prey to human follies, limited understanding of the future, and necessary compromises to seek not what is perfect but what is possible. Thus, any such effort is subject to criticism from those who seek ideological purity and those who seek to minimize the impact of change from the status quo . .

Keywords

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) business ethics ethics human rights

Authors and affiliations

  • S. Prakash Sethi
    • 1
  • Oliver F. Williams
    • 2
  1. 1.Baruch CollegeUSA
  2. 2.University of Notre DameUSA

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