Business Ethics

When a public pledge blows up in your face

In 2008, Hurricane Katrina devastated Florida, and also affected the oil rigs stationed in the Gulf of Mexico. BP's Thunder Horse platform was undamaged but oil production was significantly delayed as the crew struggled to right the platform.

Thursday, 24 June, 2010, 12:00am

The cries for CSR can be a little ludicrous

Dutch bank is serious about CSR

SCMP headline, June 15

It was the tyrant Joseph Stalin who once observed that imposing Marxism on Germans was like putting a saddle on a cow. It doesn't take you long on a visit to Germany to get the feel of what he meant.

20 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Doing business with rights-abusing regimes

The United Nations has long been involved in the debate on when, where and how businesses should trade and invest.

16 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Dutch bank is serious about CSR

Rabobank has set its sights on being recognised as a 'leader in corporate social responsibility (CSR)'. According to Gilles Boumeester, general manager of Rabobank International, northeast Asia, the bank takes 'CSR very seriously'.

15 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Mainland workers' sacrifices won't be soon rewarded

Honda Lock's recruitment advertisements were everywhere on the streets of Xiaolan town yesterday, and workers said they had seen a large recruitment sign in front of the factory offering monthly salaries as high as 2,000 yuan (HK$2,280).

Workers said they did not believe the offer was genuine.

15 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Britain's strict bribery law may hit local firms

Britain is cracking down on corruption among British companies worldwide, and its efforts could have a far-reaching impact on Hong Kong and mainland firms.

After years of legislative inaction against corporate corruption, Parliament in April passed the 2010 Bribery Act - the world's strictest on bribery.

13 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Customers have a say

Thousands of barrels of crude oil are gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, polluting fishing grounds and threatening coral reefs and beaches.

The companies that owned the equipment and oil well at the heart of the spill are blaming each other for the accident. None of them are willing to take full responsibility for the environmental catastrophe their business has caused.

31 May 2010 - 12:00am

The bitter side of toys

I am writing to express my concerns about sweatshops on the mainland. In 2002, just before the busy Christmas season, a young woman died at Bainan Toy Factory in Dongguan . After a 16-hour working day, Li Chunmei started bleeding from her mouth and nose, and died before the ambulance arrived.

13 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

HKU integrity course aims to rebuild trust

Governments, companies and public organisations should appoint integrity officers to police business ethics, a former anti-graft chief says.

Tony Kwok Man-wai, retired deputy commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption, said people had lost confidence in businesses' ethics.

20 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Building firm's strategic moves lead to diversification and healthy growth

Challenges wrought by a downturn in the construction sector shortly after China State Construction International Holdings (CSCI) went public saw the company being led to a surer footing that contributed to awards in the executive director category and the board category of listed companies (non-Hang Seng Index Constituents).

25 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

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November 12

7 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Transparency at corporate level comes up trumps

Transparency was once again deemed a prime value at the 2009 Hong Kong Management Association (HKMA) Best Annual Reports Awards. Judges sought accurate and complete reporting delivered, concisely and coherently - with an unambiguous corporate vision and mission.

3 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Strategy should centre around employees

Clifton Chua graduated from the Kellogg-HKUST Executive MBA course in 2006. He is managing director of FedEx Express in Singapore. He speaks about the importance of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and good business ethics in his company and the industry it operates in.

CSR is a wide-ranging area - can you sum up what it means?

11 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Dimming the lights for sustainability

While a number of Hong Kong companies are stepping up their efforts to become more socially responsible, many companies lack the internal resources to implement CSR policies.

23 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Women continue fight for equality

After 13 years of education and training as an accountant in Britain, Alison Wong returned to Hong Kong in 1991 to join one of the city's largest multinational accounting firms. The firm had a policy of giving a HK$20,000 monthly married allowance to men but not to women - on the assumption that their husbands would provide for them.

27 Jun 2009 - 12:00am