Sub-subject - Principle of Ahimsa (Non-Violence) and International Business. Syllabus:
Sub-Subject Description: Principle of Ahimsa (Non-Violence) in business
The Principle of Ahimsa - Non-Violence: one of the pillars of Global Ethics
The principle of Ahimsa (Non-Violence) is perhaps one of the most powerful and beautiful principles of humanity. Moreover, of course; it is one of the principles of global ethics.
Note. The open hand used in the “EENI Ahimsa Vision,” represents the Jainist symbol “Ahimsa,” we have incorporated it with all due respect and honour to Jainism, one of the religions that surely has more developed the concept of non-violence. If we apply the Ahimsa vision with the main Zoroastrian principle; we obtain:
Non-violence in thoughts, in words, in actions.
This broad vision of Ahimsa is the guiding principle of our Business School.
Ahimsa must understand as a broad concept; Ahimsa is not only physical violence. Ahimsa is a progressive attitude, not passive.
Ahimsa is also: Do not lie, Honesty (customers, partners, employees), Self-control, Veracity, Integrity, Respect for All Life, Justice, No to Corruption, Social Responsibility, Philanthropy, Equality between men and women, Respect the Earth, Animals, and Plants.
Ahimsa is rights and duties.
“If you remain neutral when injustice reigns, your way is that of oppressor” Desmond Tutu
Ahimsa is not lying; it is honesty with our customers, partners, and employees.
Ahimsa concept has his roots in Hinduism.
“Ahimsa, non-violence, comes from strength, and the strength is from God, not man. Ahimsa always comes from within.” Gandhi
“In my heart, I carry hopefully that I can somehow be able to contribute to world peace.” Albert Schweitzer
“All beings want their happiness. He who seeking his happiness does not hurt with violence; he will achieve happiness after death.” Udana II-III/Buddha
“My teaching is similar to other. The strong do not die of natural causes; this will be the starting point of my doctrine” TAO TE KING XLII
“Through violence, you may kill the imposter, but you cannot kill the lie, nor establish the truth. Hate cannot hide the hate: only love can do this” Martin Luther King
If we explore the Ahimsa principle applying Zoroastrian principles (Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds):
a) Ahimsa should arise in our thoughts:
Results: Self-control, veracity, honesty, integrity, non-greed, respect
b) Our words should be Ahimsa
c) Our deeds should be Ahimsa:
“Every form of violence or force in pursuit of economic goals should be rejected (Slave labour, compulsory labour, child labour, corporal punishment)” Global Ethics Declaration.
Ahimsa is respect for all life: humans, animals, plants, environment.
If we will explore the Ahimsa principle applying Jainism vision (“not to kill any living being”) we can extend Ahimsa principle to animals, plants, and our earth.
Ahimsa is also equality between men and women.
Tawakkol Karma - Nobel Peace Prize (Yemen).
Ahimsa is also justice and the rule of law
“My goal is to create a more peaceful and stable worldfor future generations” Sheikh Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber (Saudi Arabia, Muslim)
Ahimsa is also No to Corruption and dishonest practices.
Bribery, collusion agreements, patent piracy, industrial espionage…
Global Ethics and the legal instruments will be the foundations that will allow us to eradicate corruption.
Ahimsa is also a social responsibility - Philanthropy.
Amancio Ortega (Spain) - the third-richest person in the World
“The charity practised as a duty; without expecting any reward, in the appropriate place and time and the person who needs; it is said to be satwwica” Guita XVII-20
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (Liberia, Nobel Peace Prize):
Ahimsa is also the Golden Rule -The “Ethic of reciprocity.”
Virtually all the higher religions of the World have a version of the golden rule. Moreover is the cornerstone of Confucian ethics. In the Analects is cited three times:
“Benevolence. Is not to do to others what you would not want to be done to yourself” Analects XII-1
Other versions of the Golden Rule.
“The golden rule of Domino's Pizza is to treat others as you want to be treated” Thomas Monaghan