Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

This guide highlights sources of information on business ethics and on the social responsibility of business enterprises.


Books and other publications on Business Ethics are available in Pardee Library as well as in other Boston University libraries. Selected titles are listed below; to locate additional material and other books, consult BU Libraries Search and use the subject headings  listed below.  All books are located in Pardee Library Stacks, except for those in Reference.

Business Ethics

Social Responsibility of Business

Decision Making — Moral and Ethical Aspects

Investments –Moral and Ethical Aspects

Corporate Governance

Books in Pardee Reference

The Blackwell Encyclopedic Dictionary of Business Ethics

Pardee Reference X HD30.15 B53 v. 1; see entries for: Business Ethics; Corporate Governance; Social Responsibility

International Encyclopedia of Business and Management

Pardee Reference X HF1001 I53 2002; see: Vol. 1: Business Ethics;  Vol. 2: Corporate Governance, Social Responsibility

Handbook of Communication and Corporate Social Responsibility

Pardee Reference X HD60 H334 2011



Business Ethics

Business ethics : a stakeholder, governance and risk approach

Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2014

Business Ethics in the 21st Century

Dordrecht: Springer, 2013

Ethical leadership : creating and sustaining an ethical business culture

London: Kogan Page, 2013

Ethics, governance and corporate crime : challenges and consequences

Bingley: Emerald Group, 2014

Ethics in marketing and communications towards a global perspective

New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012

Corporate Social Responsibility in the Global Business World

Berlin: Springer Berlin, 2014

Ethics, governance and corporate crime : challenges and consequences

Bingley: Emerald Group, 2014

Handbook of business ethics ethics in the new economy

New York: Peter Lang, 2013

Wall Street values business ethics and the global financial crisis

New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012

Ethics, governance and corporate crime : challenges and consequences

Bingley: Emerald Group, 2014

Morality and Corporate Governance: Firm Integrity and Spheres of Justice

Milano: Springer Milan, 2013


Corporate Social Responsibility:

Encyclopedia of Corporate Social Responsibility

Berlin: Springer, 2013

Corporate Social Responsibility Challenges, Opportunities and Strategies for 21st Century Leaders

Berlin: Springer, 2013

Corporate Social Responsibility in the Global Business World

Berlin: Springer, 2014

Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting in China

Berlin: Springer, 2014

Morality and Corporate Governance: Firm Integrity and Spheres of Justice

Berlin: Springer, 2013

Organizational change for corporate sustainability

Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2014

Social Business Theory, Practice, and Critical Perspectives

Berlin: Springer, 2013

The sustainable MBA : a business guide to substainability

Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley, 2014


Books in Pardee Library


Business Ethics

Behavioral business ethics: shaping an emerging field

New York: Routledge, 2012
HF5387 .B427 2012

Brief guide to marketing ethics

Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage, 2012
HF5415 .S228 2012

Business and corporate integrity: sustaining organizational compliance, ethics and trust

Santa Barbara, Calif., Praeger, 2014
HF5387 .B862 2014  Vol. 1: Perspectives; Vol. 2: Pragmatics

Contemporary issues in business ethics

Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning
HF5387 .D39 2014

Ethical Chic: the inside story of the companies we think we love

Boston: Beacon Press, 2012
HD2785 .H37 2012

Ethics, the heart of leadership

Santa Barbara, Calif.: Praeger, 2014
HF5387 .E875 2014

Firms of Endearment: How world-class companies profit from passion and purpose

Upper Saddle River, New Jersey : Pearson Education, 2014
HD30.28 .S478 2014

The Moral responsibilities of companies

Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014
HD60 C444 2014

Responsible management in Asia: perspectives on CSR

New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011
HD60.5 .A78 2011

Corporate Social Responsibility:

Corporate responsibility : the American experience

James E Post; Cambridge : Cambridge University Press ; 2012
HD60 .C35127 2012

Death of corporate reputation: how integrity has been destroyed on Wall Street

Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: FT Press
HF5387 .M2983 2013

Embedding CSR into corporate culture

Basingstoke; New York:  Palgrave Macmilan, 2014
HD60 .S93 2014

End of corporate social responsibility: crisis & critique

London: Sage, 2013
HD60 .F54 2013

Moral responsibilities of companies

New York: Palgrave, 2014
HD60 .C44 2014

Responsible entrepreneur: four game-changing archetypes for founders, leaders, and impact investors

San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2014
HD60 .S2493 2014

Sage brief guide to corporate social responsibility

Los Angeles: Sage, 2012
HD60 .S225 2012

Social enterprise: accountability and evaluation around the world

New York: Routledge, 2014
HD60 .S5854 2014


Articles and Reports

Note: Results of Conference Board surveys of company practices. Select Business Management Research (from menu on left). Relevant headings from the drop down list of topics include: Corporate Contributions, Corporate Social Responsibility, Ethics, Corporate Governance, Sustainability, and others.

Consult the databases below for articles in business magazines and journals; suggested subject terms to use: Business Ethics, Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Corporate Governance, Social Investing, etc.


Business source complete


Additional business databases with relevant articles are listed on the Business Databases by Subject page.


 Selected Periodicals

For additional online periodicals on ethics, consult  BU Libraries Search; select Advanced Search, then Journal Title Search. Use terms such as business ethics, governance, etc. for specific titles. For articles by subject, check article databases, listed in Articles and Reports section of this guide.

Business Ethics: A European View


Business ethics quarterly (Online)


Business Ethics; The Magazine of Corporate Responsibility

An online magazine covering corporate responsibility; includes the Business Ethics 100 Best Corporate Citizens and the Business Ethics Annual Awards.

CR: Corporate Responsibility Magazine

( – Magazine and membership organization for Corporate Responsibility Officers; includes an annual feature of “Business Ethics 100 Best Corporate Citizens” and “Business Ethics Annual Awards.”

Electronic Journal of Business Ethics and Organization Studies




Beyond Grey Pinstripes
An organization, affiliated with the Aspen Institute, that conducts a biennial survey and ranking of business schools’ coursework, research and activities that prepare MBAs for social, ethical and environmental stewardship. Click on the “Rankings” tab.

Note: Tracks the social, environmental and governance of corporations throughout the world. Formerly known as Global Socrates.
GMIRatings (formerly the Corporate Library)
Recently merged with GovernanceMetrics International; provides research and ratings on corporate governance and compensation issues.


Ethics Codes

Bell: The Business Ethics Links Library
Provides access to codes of ethics for U.S. companies and trade and professional associations, ethics sites at college and university business programs, industry information resources, and company promotion of social responsibility covering such topics as arts assistance, environmental clean up, charitable giving and community programming.  Also includes a list of College and University Ethics Programs.

Codes of Ethics Online
Includes codes of ethics of professional societies, corporations, government, and academic institutions; also includes  literature review, an introduction to the codes, and a user’s guide are included.  This site also provides an Ethics Education Library and other resource material.
Good links to topics such as codes of ethics, public sector ethics, professional and media ethics.

Ethics Resource Center
In existence for 88 years, ERC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization, dedicated to independent research that advances high ethical standards and practices in public and private institutions.The research focus includes national ethics surveys and private surveys for individual organizations.The Resources section provides access to ERC reports and national surveys such as the National Business Ethics Survey. ERC services include Benchmark Services to help companies and organizations design and administer ethics surveys. Also provides information on creating a company ethics code.



Social Funds
Offers company profiles, company reports, a newswire, and rates companies on social and environmental commitment.

Eldis Corporate Social Responsibility Resource Guide
Features country profiles, extensive subject resource guides, and information about fair labor, trade, and investment issues.

Green Money Journal
Green Money’s mission is to promote awareness of socially and environmentally responsible business, investing, and consumer resources. Companies and mutual funds involved in socially responsible investments are listed.

Institute for Global Ethics
Founded in 1990, this nonprofit organization publishes a weekly newsletter and occasional reports, and consults with corporations and educational institutions in the United States and overseas, and conducts frequent ethics seminars.

Saint James Ethics Centre
St James Ethics Centre is an Australian not-for-profit organization which provides a non-judgmental forum for the promotion and exploration of ethics. The website features a large number of ethics-related articles on diverse subjects, a discussion forum, and a news section, along with information about their work.

US SIF: Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment
The U.S. membership association for professionals, firms, institutions and organizations engaged in sustainable and responsible investing. The Forum offers information, contacts, and resources on socially responsible investing.