Green Hippocratic Oath Can Increase Environmental Responsibility

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A few weeks ago, the Harvard Business Review began a discussion about whether managers should have to take a “Green Hippocratic Oath” in the same sense that other professionals do for their respective jobs.

Although this would be difficult to keep in place within the confines of the cut-throat business world, it would, without a doubt, increase the awareness of the importance to be responsible in conducting business practices. If something like this were in place already, maybe we wouldn’t have to deal with a Garbage Island in the North Pacific?

The Professional Oath of Honor from the Thunderbird School of Global Management:

As a Thunderbird and a global citizen, I promise: I will strive to act with honesty and integrity; I will respect the rights and dignity of all people; I will strive to create sustainable prosperity worldwide; I will oppose all forms of corruption and exploitation; and I will take responsibility for my actions. As I hold true to these principles, it is my hope that I may enjoy an honorable reputation and peace of conscience. This pledge I make freely and upon my honor.

Should business owners and managers be required to consider their environmental goals on par with their revenue goals? Feel free to leave your comments on this discussion, or see what readers are saying in response to this question over at the Harvard Business Review.

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