Subject (Course). A model of global ethics for international business. Syllabus:
The objectives of the subject “A model of global ethics for international business” are:
Subject Description: Global Ethics and International Business:
“The principle of non-violence of Mahatma Gandhi and Sri Ramakrishna's testimony to the harmony of religions: here we have the approach and spirit that can make it possible for the human race to grow together into one family.” Arnold Toynbee.
“Ethics consist in my experiencing the compulsion to show to all will-to-live the same reverence as I do my own.” Albert Schweitzer
Global ethics: “shared values shared by the humanity.”
“A common fundamental vision of what is legitimate, just, and fair. A global economic ethic relies on moral principles and values that from time immemorial have been shared by all cultures and have been supported by common practical experience.” Manifesto for a Global Economic Ethic
Where can we find the sources of global ethics?
Religions as “wisdom traditions” of humanity: one of the main sources of global ethics.
“Who are the greatest benefactors of the living generation of the humanity? Confucius, Muhammad, Lao Tzu, Jesus, Buddha, Zoroaster, the prophets of Israel and Judah, and Socrates.” Sir Arnold Toynbee.
Perhaps many people in the West, prefer to speak of “Wisdom
Traditions” instead of religions.
Hinduism spiritual leader inspires a Muslim Businessman (Yusuf Hamied)
In many countries, mixing religion and business is considered taboo. However, we disagree if we do with respect and knowledge.
The West need to change his world’s vision, and understand that the world is different; and only with the knowledge and respect to the others, can represent the similar role it in the new order.
Science can save lives, but also can destroy it. Religions have positive aspects but also negative. There are many essays about the negative aspects of religions, a reality that history has taught us. However, religions also have a positive side, as sources of ancient wisdom, emanating ethical principles shared by almost all the higher religions.
“We should adapt science for the advantage of the humanity” Dr Haya Sindi (Saudi Arabia).
“The Harijan movement (Untouchables) is too big for mere intellectual effort. There is nothing so
wrong in the entire world that caste system. Moreover, yet I cannot leave religion and therefore Hinduism.
I love Christianity, Islam, and many other faiths through Hinduism.
Take it away and nothing remains for me. However, then I cannot tolerate it with untouchability the high-and-low belief.” Mahatma Gandhi
Sources of global ethics.
Declaration Toward a Global Ethic
The Parliament of World Religions, Chicago (1993) (since 1893, speech of Swami Vivekananda, a disciple of Sri Ramakrishna). Lead by Hans Kung. Representatives of all the world religions agreed on the core elements of a shared ethic:
The weakness of global ethics: fundamentalists of all religions and atheists.
Searching for a global ethics model. Scenario for our research of global ethics: India