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International Journal of Applied Philosophy

Volume 16, Issue 1, Spring 2002

Lisa H. Newton
Pages 1-12

A Passport for Doing Good
A Framework for Business Ethics in an International Context

Does “business ethics,” as we have developed it in the United States, apply without change when business goes abroad? We argue that we cannot assume, in foreign nations (especially in the developing world), that the assumptions of U.S. business practice and business ethics hold without modification. An attempt to find a universally applicable ethic for global business results in the tentative formulation of “ten commandments” to guide the practice of business in the nations of the world.