Ethics, Chocolate and Beer

Source: Mary Anne Craft, Library Worklife, Volume 6, No. 5, May 2009
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We all deal in business ethics so often that we don’t give it much thought. However, in this time of bailouts, bonuses and economic mess-ups, when ethics tend to attract scrutiny, it is refreshing to stop and note those who early on gave ethics their full commitment. Though the producers of chocolate and beer are rarely given as case studies in ethics, the stories of Hershey Chocolate’s founder Milton Hershey, and the Trapist brewers in Westmalle, Belgium, provide excellent examples of ethical business practices.

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