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In May 2004, the U.S. Department of Commerce published a manual for corporate responsibility programs that integrates corporate governance, organizational ethics, and social responsibility: Business Ethics: A Manual for Managing a Responsible Business Enterprise in Emerging Market Economies. Kenneth W. Johnson, director of the Ethics & Policy Integration Centre, is the principal author. Igor Y. Abramov, Senior Advisor, Market Access and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce, is coauthor.

As a public service, an electronic copy of the Manual (PDF) is offered for copying and use without charge. 355 pages. Click here to download a free copy of the Manual directly from the Department of Commerce—or for information on how to purchase a hard copy (print copy is $49.00 through the Government Printing Office). (Click the icon below for a free copy of Acrobat Reader.)

Click here for the Business Ethics Manual updates, resources page

The Manual provides a comprehensive framework of concepts, relationships, and worksheets to help owners and managers of organizations of all sorts and sizes effectively, efficiently, and responsibly engage organizational stakeholders to:

  • Shape their vision for the organization;
  • Identify expected responsibility program outcomes;
  • Design and develop implementing strategies, structures, and systems; and
  • Align their communications, management practices, business conduct, and organizational learning toward that vision.

Designed as a training tool for enterprises operating in countries that have just recently transitioned to a market economy, Business Ethics will also be useful to decision-makers in any organization that is seeking to design and implement a business ethics program that conforms to global standards.

The 10 chapters of Business Ethics are organized into five sections that answer the questions:

  • What is a responsible business enterprise?
  • What is the relationship between law, ethics, and responsible business conduct?
  • What are the roles of corporate governance and social responsibility in business ethics?
  • What constitutes a business ethics program?
  • How is a business ethics program structured?
  • How is a business ethics program put into practice?
  • How can responsible business conduct be achieved?
Numerous practical examples drawn from successful European and American companies are located throughout the text. Worksheets and checklists in each chapter provide guided exercises for students, ensuring that the book is equally appropriate as part of a training program or for self-study.

Fully indexed, Business Ethics also contains an extensive bibliography, a glossary that explains the basic terminology of business ethics, and—in its nine appendices—numerous examples of business ethics policies adopted by various countries and organizations.

According to Peter Eigen, chairman of Transparency International, Business Ethics "is an excellent, comprehensive, and easy-to-use manual on business ethics. Business people, governments, and civil society organizations ready to fight corruption will welcome this practical guide."

As a public service, an electronic copy of the Manual (PDF) is offered for copying and use without charge. Click here to download a free copy of the Manual directly from the Department of Commerce—or for information on how to purchase a hard copy through the Government Printing Office. (you will need Adobe Acrobat to download the manual. Click the icon below for a free copy of Acrobat Reader.)

Return regularly to consult our updates, resources page for the Manual. Feel free to contact us if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions.

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