This theoretical paper starts arguing that the amoral approach to environmental issues is unacceptable and a moral approach, inevitable. It then explores how the concept of a duty towards future generations can help to incorporate environmental issues in the discussion of business ethics and corporate social responsibility. By drawing a parallelism with the theme of memory, the paper distinguishes between a morality of future generations and an ethics of future generations. Finally, the authors argue that business ethics could benefit from focussing on the ethical duties (rather than the moral ones) of companies towards the descendants closest to the stakeholders with which the company works and interacts.

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Arenas Vives, Daniel; Rodrigo Ramírez, Pablo

Natural environment, business ethics and future generation ethics

This theoretical paper starts arguing that the amoral approach to environmental issues is unacceptable and a moral approach, inevitable. It then explores how the concept of a duty towards future generations can help to incorporate environmental issues in the discussion of business ethics and corporate social responsibility. By drawing a parallelism with the theme of memory, the paper distinguishes between a morality of future generations and an ethics of future generations. Finally, the authors argue that business ethics could benefit from focussing on the ethical duties (rather than the moral ones) of companies towards the descendants closest to the stakeholders with which the company works and interacts.
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Natural environment, business ethics and future generation ethics
Arenas Vives, Daniel; Rodrigo Ramírez, Pablo
International Seminar Reason and Fairness: Foundations of Business Ethics and CSR (2010)
Universidad de Granada (UGR)
Granada (Spain), 17/09/2010 - 17/09/2010

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