Case study: Grameen Bank, a case of applied business ethics

Gill Christy

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    The issue of third world poverty is one which is rarely far from Western headlines, sometimes as a result of a particular humanitarian crisis or natural disaster, but often in association with debates about the effects of globalisation and in particular the impact of global business activities on individuals and communities in poor countries. It is an issue which inspires heated argument, as well as demands for money or action, or both. A comparison between the agendas of Live Aid and Live 8, for example, show a shift from demands fro charity (in Sir Bob Geldof's famously exasperated plea to 'Give us your f***ing money!' at Live Aid) to concern about the trading position of third world countries in a global context; hence the lobbying of the G8 leaders at the 2005 summit. Discussion of the topic often tends to focus on the behaviour of specific business organisations and the 'ethical' status of their activities in poorer parts of the world. Some participants in the debate question whether business can ever truly be 'ethical' because its very existence depends upon acts of exploitation. So can business ever really help improve the condition of poor people in developing countries?
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationManagement and organisational behaviour
    EditorsL. Mullins
    Place of PublicationHarlow
    PublisherFinancial Times Prentice Hall
    Number of pages3
    ISBN (Print)9780273708889
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


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