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Environmental Ethics for Business Sustainability

Laszlo Zsolnai’s paper “Environmental Ethics for Business Sustainability” was published in the International Journal of Social Economics, 2011 (Vol. 38, No. 11).

The paper analyses the different levels at which business affects the natural environment. It argues that business has a natural, non-reciprocal responsibility toward natural beings that are affected by its functioning. The paper uses principles of environmental ethics to redefine business sustainability in an ethically meaningful way. By satisfying criteria derived from environmental ethics, business can perform its duty: not to harm nature or allow others to come to harm.