Quakers: Abolition of slavery

EENI- School of International Business

Sub-subject: Quakers: Ethics and Business. Nobel Peace Prize. Syllabus:

  1. Introduction to the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
  2. George Fox and William Penn
  3. Ethical Principles of Quakers
  4. Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the Quakers
  5. The role of the Quakers in Abolition of the slave trade
The sub-subject “Quakers: Ethics and Business” is studied...
  1. Doctorates: Religion and Business, America, Europe
  2. Professional Master's Program in International Business (MIB)

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Sample of the sub-subject Quakers: Ethics and Business
Quakers Business and Ethics

Description of the Sub-Subject: Quakers:

The Quakers (literally “Friends”), or the Religious Society of Friends, is a religion founded by George Fox (1624-1691) in the United Kingdom and came to the United States, especially to Pennsylvania with William Penn.

  1. Quakers belongs to Christianity, but they feel neither Catholics nor Protestants nor Orthodox
  2. Quakers seek a return to primitive Christianity
  3. If anything characterizes the Quakers is their conservatism
  4. There are about 360,000 Quakers in the World
  5. The main ethical values of Quakers are austerity, pacifism, honesty, and the pursuit of Justice

Ahimsa Business

Despite their small number, there are two fundamental reasons for including the Quakers in our project: Sri Ramakrishna- Toynbee - Global Ethics and business:

  1. One of the fundamental ethical values of Quakers is peace. In 1947, they received the Nobel Peace Prize
  2. Quakers were a key figure in the abolition of slavery, one of the worst scourges of humanity
  3. Quakers were influenced by Henry David Thoreau and Leo Tolstoy
  4. The slave and abolitionist Harriet Tubman escaped from his master trough the Underground railway and was helped by the Quakers

For a Quaker, as for a Hinduism, the human being has part of the divinity within. Therefore, the contact with the Superior Reality should be made directly without the intervention of any priest.

Quakers and business

Despite their small number, the Quakers founded banks and financial institutions (Barclays, Lloyds, and Friends Provident), industrial companies (Clarks, Cadbury, Rowntree, and Fry) as well as they have devoted significant efforts to philanthropy and social causes.

Among the best-known Quaker actors we can quote James Dean or Ben Kingsley (actors), Judi Dench (Oscar winner for Best Actress in 2005), two American Presidents (Herbert Hoover and Richard Nixon - Quaker father and Methodist mother), the Nobel Peace Prize (1959) Philip J. Noel-Baker (English pacifist Political), one of the founders of Amnesty International Eric Baker, Irving and Dorothy Stowe founders of Greenpeace, H Leslie Kirkley founder of OXFAM, John Freame and Thomas Gould, and the founders of Barclays Bank.

Symbol of the Quakers.


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