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Biblical Foundations of Business Ethics

Hershey H. Friedman


The Hebrew Bible is replete with precepts that deal with business ethics and thus can be used as a starting point for those interested in developing higher moral standards for business. Some of the issues discussed in this paper include: environmentalism, caring for the poor, not discriminating against the stranger, fairly treating employees, paying wages and rents on time, providing fringe benefits for employees, maintaining honest and stable prices, ensuring accuracy in weights and measures, honesty in selling and negotiations, acting in a manner that ensures one is above suspicion, and providing an honest days work. The author concludes that Scripture makes clear that individuals and organizations that act ethically will achieve ultimate success.

Hershey H. Friedman, "Biblical Foundations of Business Ethics," Journal of Markets & Morality 3, no. 1 (Spring 2000): 43-57

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