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Expert talks about the business of making businesses ethical

Oct. 17, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Certain communities produce people who make ethically right decisions. The same holds true for businesses, according to an expert who will visit Western Michigan University as part of the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society Lecture Series.

Dr. Timothy Fort, associate professor of business ethics and business law at the University of Michigan, will present "Business, Culture, and Trust: Making Businesses into Mediating Institutions" at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in Room105 of the Bernhard Center.

For ethical business communities to exist, Fort believes, obedience to the law and the financial rewards that come from being an ethical business must be present and in alignment.

"Given the recent discussions of business ethics, this presentation will be a novel approach to how to reform corporate America," says Fort.

Fort is internationally known for his research and leadership in the area of corporate law, ethics and responsibility. His work has appeared in numerous publications, and he is the author of the book "Ethics and Governance: Business as Mediating Institution." He currently is working on another book, tentatively titled "The Role of Business in Fostering Peaceful Societies."

WMU's Center for the Study of Ethics in Society was established to encourage and support the research, teaching, and service to the university and community in areas of applied and professional ethics. For more information, call (269) 387-4397.

Media contact: Matt Gerard, 269 387-8400, matthew.gerard@wmich.edu

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