This issue of Ethix begins our eighth year of publication, and the first issue under the new arrangement with Seattle Pacific University (see below). For this we have featured a conversation with Bill Pollard, a legend of business leadership and longtime CEO and chairman of ServiceMaster. His name was on the very first list of candidates for the Conversation when Ethix began in 1998. Jeff Van Duzer joined me for the discussion with him, which covered a wide range of subjects — from CEO pay to toxic chemicals to servant leadership. We believe you will be challenged by his candid insights.
Next issue, we will take on a very different type of question in the intersection of business, technology, and ethics. Specifically, we will travel to the Central African Republic, one of the poorest countries of the world, to explore the reach of technology and business. We often hear of globalization as if everyone is impacted. But what happens to those left behind? Watch for this special issue that should be arriving in your mailbox in November.
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This marks the first issue of Ethix published by Seattle Pacific University and as dean of the university’s School of Business, I want to share with you how excited we are about this collaboration.
For us, it is the next step in the fulfillment of a dream. As a school, we have long been committed to “another way of doing business.” Specifically, we have sought to promote an approach to business that is consistently grounded on a foundation of ethics and values and that sees as the purpose of business, the opportunity to serve the community.
Along the way, Ethix has been a wonderful source of encouragement to our students and our faculty. We have regularly referred to the articles and interviews in our classes. Thanks to a generous donor, our seniors have been provided with free subscriptions. Many of our faculty have written for the journal, and we have long been the journal’s educational affiliate. To now be able to collaborate even more closely should help us leverage our respective strengths and continue to pursue what is, in effect, our common mission of engaging the business culture and promoting an approach to good business grounded in ethical behavior. We are delighted for this new opportunity.