Ethical Entrepreneurship and Fair Trade
Due to several recent scandals, Business Ethics is now firmly embraced. Whereas in the 1980s early 1990s there were serious doubts expressed about combining ethics and business, the link now seems have become self-evident. Fundamental questions about the tensions between business and ethics however continue to receive little attention. In this paper, based upon a debate concerning the Fair Trade company, the strains between business and ethics are analyzed. The article shows how several great thinkers have already considered this tension. Three ways to conceptualize the tension between business and ethics have been distinguished, these are outlined in this paper.
By Johan Wempe
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