Top Business Ethics Posts 1/4/11

David Gebler on his blog, Business Ethics, calls attention to Johnson & Johnson’s legal problems.

Here’s an excerpt Today’s business press reports that a lawsuit filed last week on behalf of Johnson & Johnson shareholders accused the company’s directors of ignoring “red flags” foreshadowing product recalls and government probes of manufacturing defects and marketing practices.

The Engineering Ethics Blog has a post about efficiency thusly, “Does Improving Efficiency Really Save Energy?”

Here’s an excerpt Don’t get the idea I think efficiency is bad. If I did, I couldn’t very well call myself an engineer. However, Jevons reminds us that, like many other things in life, energy efficiency can be helpful in limited circumstances. But expecting it to solve all the world’s energy problems is not only unrealistic, but probably counterproductive as well.

Chris MacDonald writing in his blog, The Business Ethics Blog, discusses the topic, Greenpeace, Tar Sands and “Fighting Fire with Fire.”

Here’s an excerpt Many people think companies deserve few or no protections against attacks. Some people, for example, think companies should not even be able to sue for slander or libel. Likewise, corporations (and other organizations) do not enjoy the same regulatory protections and ethical standards that protect individual humans when they are the subjects of university-based research.

Jack Marshall writing in Ethics Alarms had an interesting post about when e-mail posts cross the ethical line.

Here’s an excerpt A lack of civility is considered a breach of professionalism in all jurisdictions, but not an ethical violation calling into question fitness to practice law—the standard for bar discipline—unless it is extreme, and usually not until there have been warnings issued. Apparently this particular spat was just too much for the Bar to take, perhaps because it reflects badly on the entire profession.

Julian Friedland in his blog, Business Ethics Memo, asks an excellent question, “Should American Business Protect American Jobs?”

Here’s an excerpt Which is what I’ve been saying for sometime myself, arguing that it’s irrational on Rawlsian social-contract grounds for this nation to be shipping so many of its jobs overseas. But it’s not clear what can be done if corporations are unwilling to support regulations that would encourage American companies to keep jobs here.