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COMM 104: Ethics and CSR

Introduction

     Researching issues in business ethics, corporate social responsibility and sustainability requires exploring the broad business literature but also being open to insights from other subject disciplines. Academic books and articles are important but the views of stakeholders in a sector and society at large also inform our understanding of an issue. 
     Authoritative evidence-based resources will include statistics, reports and information found on government, research institute and advocacy organization websites. Newspaper articles and online media will help in identifying useful sites and reputable sources of information. 

Finding credible and reputable sources means thinking about the range of players involved in the issue and what information they may publish.

These could be:

     companies, financial institutions

      the markets –stock, bond, commodities, currency

      analysts – equity research

      industry and trade associations, stakeholder and advocacy organizations

      economists, think tanks, research institutes

      governments – federal, provincial, municipal

      public agencies - utilities, regulators, courts

      media – newspapers, magazines, tv, social​​

      academics in a variety of disciplines: philosophy, law, medicine, environmental science, business, sociology, politics, economics ...