Describing the bonds between business ethics and management and exploring the role of entrepreneurs in civic life
Business ethics and social ethics. Good economy and good society. Businesses as local players and progress drivers. Binomials such as these should be consolidated and common. On the contrary, they are still not as broadly disseminated as they should be. More often than not, the convention is towards degeneration. On the contrary, ethics (also corporate) should be the foundation on which to build. This is the topic of Francesco Corti’s dissertation entitled “Corporate Ethics as a Resource for Social Development and Company Development to Fight the Mafia” presented to the Faculty of Political, Economic and Social Science of Milan University.
Corti applied the concept according to which corporate ethics are intrinsically linked to the nature of entrepreneurs themselves, one made of creativity, pride, dedication for their company, ability to enhance people and intelligent professional choices. So, good economy is based on good entrepreneurs, that is on people who are dedicated to their company and who are first and foremost true workers.
On these premises, Corti developed his thesis presenting the underlying principles of ethics applied on manufacturing before moving onto the relationships between corporate ethics and social responsibility (including the degenerations of this relationship). He then explored a selection of corporate ethics case studies focusing on affairs related to the Mafia and economics and providing examples of good corporate economics. The text touched on the working experiences of Marco Vitale and Giovanni Falcone, the cases of Libera Terra, Addiopizzo, Altromercato, Officina Casona and La Tela.
Francesco Corti’s writing style is heart-felt and accurate. In one of the last paragraphs, he states: “Corporate ethics (…) must be lived, metabolised and seen as intrinsic to the economic organisation”. In relatively few pages, Corti successively condensed an extensive knowledge and, more importantly, a corporate feeling that is worth being cultivated and disseminated. The result is a text that spans beyond that of simple dissertation.
Corporate Ethics as a Resource for Social Development and Company Development to Fight the Mafia”
Dissertation, Faculty of Political, Economic and Social Science, Milan University, 2017