Thinking Ethics was a project launched in Geneva to foster the debate about ethics. A few friends, fed up with only reading about abuses in the media, decided to hold a forward-looking seminar on five subjects: ethics and performance, ethics and knowledge, ethics and consciousness, ethics and disobedience and ethics in real time. If moral has to do with right and wrong, then ethics is its application in society. We believe that people need to talk about the subject to determine the level of ethics they want. The book Thinking Ethics, a result of the seminar, is to start the discussion. This blog is a contribution to the conversation. :
If you are interested in sustainable agriculture, check our the site www.saiplatform.org . It is a food industry plateform to support the development of and communication about sustainable agriculture involving all stakeholders of the food chain.
Check out www.ethicalfashionshow.com , which seeks to be a unfying event with three objectives: promote ethical fairness, foster dialog and information exchange between companies concerned by fair trade and sustainable development, and provide an information base for interested parties.
The Cybercitizen Awareness Program educates young adults and children on the dangers and consequences of cybercrime. The program is designed to establish a broad sense of responsibility and community in order to develop smart, ethical and socially conscious online behavior in young people. Their website, www.cybercitizenship.org offers resources and information for kids, young people, parents, teachers and just interested parties. Also links to interesting sites for kids, among which Get Netwise.
Smile defines itself as a bank that is open, ethical and genuinely modern. It is part of the Co-operative Bank in the UK. Sign up to their smilemore current account and get free travel insurance, green flag roadside assistance, and a bunch of ethical extras. They also have a rather good ethical policy.
Surfing the latest Covalence newsletter, I came across this post to a virtual game: The UN refugee agency has just launched a web-based interactive game to offer teenagers in Sweden some insight into the refugee experience. "Against All Odds" is a Swedish-language knowledge and experience game designed to promote integration and positive attitudes towards refugees by putting players in their shoes.
"Under time pressure, the player is forced to leave his or her home, escaping from persecution in the home country and taking off towards an uncertain future in another country, facing a different culture and a new language," explains Mans Nyberg, UNHCR's spokesman in Stockholm. "The player, as a refugee, has to do his or her best not to give up but to rebuild life in a foreign country
Called ethiscore.org, the website is designed to help users quickly and easily identify the best products to support and the worst companies to avoid. Scoring is from 0 to 20 (20 being the best). Companies are rated against 15 environmental, animal welfare and human rights issues; products are rated against 5 sustainability criteria.
Covalence, founded in 2001 in Geneva, Switzerland, runs an ethical quotation system, EthicalQuote, a participatory database measuring the reputation of multinational enterprises on ethical issues. Covalence produces detailed reports on companies, sectors, or specific issues, which offer a synthetic view of claims and iniativies related to Corporate Social Responsibility. The site offers lots of interesting information on the criteria and measurement system, with graphics. The English version has some French mixed in.
Check out Hippy Shopper - launched on April 1st (no joke!), it is the UK's and Europe's first news blog devoted to greener and more ethical shopping (OK, more green than ethical...). It is a Shiny Media site, edited by Adam Vaughan, the managing editor of Stuff Magazine in the UK (which covers virtually everything that you can buy and get involved in).
Institute for global ethics: http://www.globalethics.org/default.html This website contains a number of interesting projects for students. Each month a new ethical dilemma is provided for discussion. The past dilemmas are archived and include topics such as business, education, family, medical, philanthropic, personal, and military. The "Picturing Tomorrow's World" project for children combines ethics and art. You can also vote at the moral barometer poll.