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Lots of great discussion this afternoon...there are few objectively "right" answers in this area, and I'm impressed that everyone on the forum engages in vigorous but respectful debate. … more

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I'm genuinely sorry to hear abt the layoffs at AirBnB and my heart goes out to your coworkers who are affected. How can a company approach restructuring in a way that is ethical?

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Ethics is a topic in computer engineering that I have had to dance around. In a federal capacity with a security clearance ethics didn't mean anything.

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Whew. It's been a busy morning, I've had a lot of fun responding to some fascinating questions around business and ethics for the last couple hours.

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From what I understand, ethics is separate from legal. Legal violations have consequences, ethical violations don’t. What’s the point of ethics if there are no consequences? Sure when it’s convenient … more

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I was fired after I reported a partner for a serious (criminal) ethics violation. The firm covered it up. Are all companies like this in the end? I’ve lost my trust and don’t know how to start over.

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Do you think with so many businesses barely getting by now with the pandemic that we will see more and more sacrifice ethics for survival?

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Ethics are a glorified way to protect companies from liability. Change my mind.

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Can a company that is seemingly unethical incorporate ethics into its operations? Take Exxon for an example - can it ever become ethical?

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Do you think capitalism is compatible with a sense of ethics, or is another system better suited for it?

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Absolutely. Businesses can be ethical by treating people the way they’d want to be treated. 3 ways Airbnb can do this: Aggressively fight fraudulent listers, let Airbnb members control their data (all… more

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I’ve long disliked the term ethics. Definitions of ethics all refer to morals. Morals are very personal and vary a lot from person to person, culture to culture. Law is how we as a society express … more

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How does AirBnB promote acting ethically amongst its rentals? There are many rentals that skirt their local laws and fail to procure the proper licensing for putting their property in AirBnB. Does Air… more

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What levers can a “Chief Ethics Officer” pull to make a company behave in an ethical manner? Is the position performative, i.e. does it exist to fulfill a need to appear ethical versus as a forcing fu… more

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Does the ambit and application of ethics vary per the rank and profile of an employee in the organization? For instance what would be an ethical take on the Amazon VP quitting over virus firings?

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What are the ethical standards a corporation should use as it's North Star?

Should these standards govern how businesses treat employees, competitors, regulations, and/or lobbying activities?

How do you justify the ethicality of Airbnbs often accelerating gentrification and housing inequity in many cities? Do you weigh it against the GDP brought in by travel?

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American's hyper-individual culture causes a lot of professionals to lie, steal, and cheat to be the best at their craft.

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What do you think are examples of ethical companies? What do you think are unethical companies? Any qualities that are consistent in either group?

How do you thoughtfully instill ethics with leadership and have that trickle down to the rest of the organization?

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What kinds of rights and duties should employees/customers have when dissenting against unethical corporate behavior? How has Airbnb sought to not only protect those rights, but also give employees re… more

Yuval Noah Harari refers to an emerging "useless class", of those who are disrupted by technology but can't or won't develop skills to adapt. Is this a problem for companies, gov, or… more

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Market research is beginning to show that younger consumers (Millennial/Gen Z) are increasingly prioritizing ethical and sustainable companies. Will ethics become table stakes moving forward?

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How is AirBnB ethical when its business model exists through legal arbitrage? It has functionally created rental property service without being subject to the same taxes and liability insurance of a … more

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I’m a VC in SF and have been spending a majority of my time helping companies navigate the uncertain terrain ahead. I am able to address obvious concerns around fund raising and pivot strategies , yet… more

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Thoughts on large companies taking PPP loans?

Why do unethical businesses often succeed? How can “ethical” leadership stand on a moral high ground while not being able to reward their employees to the degree that “unethical” businesses can?

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Companies are not people... despite prevailing law. Why do we pretend they will behave ethically?

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What is the incentive to be ethical? Assuming that the minimum ethical standard is what has been established by law

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Seriously tho - can companies have ethics?

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Is it possible to have a career that you think is ethical, even if you work for companies that are not ethical (such as Facebook or an oil company, for example)?

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I feel like we talk a lot about ethics in business from a liberal standpoint - but what if that Colorado baker just really didn't want to make a cake for a gay wedding because they don't believe in equal … more

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With this pandemic, and the way it’s changing the economy (destroying companies), can a company afford to turn down business over moral objections.

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