Today, every self-respecting company has a mission statement assuring that the integrity of its actions is one of its highest values. Nevertheless, the limits of legality are often tested in everyday life, “service by the book” is merely provided in the environmental area, although proactive action would be necessary, and inhumane working conditions are made possible again and again with legal tricks.
How can this be? Are these one-off lapses on the part of individual managers and thus the exception to an otherwise upright rule? In this book, Klaus Leisinger shows that integrity is above all a personal responsibility: Integre leaders look closely, act to the best of their knowledge and conscience, and lead by example. When they make promises, they keep them; when they make mistakes, they stand up for them and correct them. They motivate the people working in the company through fairness and recognition and convey to them that they are part of something they can stand up for with pride. With a minimum of academic theory, the author presents practical insights and tools that help deal with moral dilemmas in everyday business life and develop solutions based on universally valid values.
In an era of environmental crises, geopolitical stresses, corporate misbehavior, and inequalities of wealth and power, a new moral vision for our world is vital. Klaus M. Leisinger, one of the world’s leading ethicists and experts in ethical business management offers an essential text for our times. This is a volume akin to Machiavelli’s The Prince, as it is a guidebook for leadership, but unlike Machiavelli, Leisinger teaches the leader how to find true purpose and value through leadership. Drawing upon his vast knowledge of philosophy and experience in global business, Leisinger offers an invaluable, persuasive, inspiring, and utterly practical guide for business with purpose in the 21st century.
Can moral values actually be usefully employed in capitalism? The work of the Caux Round Table for Moral Capitalism made relevant to individuals and businesses. These essays inspire a willingness to integrate ethics and moral ideals into decision-making about markets and business, finance and investments. The essays provide a profound intellectual basis for sustainable development in harmony with the 17 United Nations goals.
The book exposes several core fallacies holding up modern financial free-market orthodoxy and which contributed to the recurrent failures of banking and finance to sustain healthy economic growth for all.
A blueprint for global social justice is needed and this book provides one by showing that the ethical standards inherent in capitalism have been 1) compromised by cultural values inimical to capitalism’s essentially egalitarian, rational spirit and 2) distorted by the short-sighted, dog-eat-dog doctrines of social Darwinism into what he calls ‘brute capitalism.’ The text presents how the Caux Round Table for Moral Capitalism’s Principles for Responsible Business can serve as a blueprint for a new, more ‘moral capitalism’ and shows how, if guided by these principles, capitalism is really the only system with the potential to reduce global poverty and tyranny and address the needs and aspirations of individuals, societies and nations.