Our team has published in all relevant academic peer-reviewed journals of our field including the Journal of Business Ethics, Minds & Machines, Philosophy & Technology as well as the Business and Human Rights Journal. In order to mitigate risks posed by actions, which are perceived as norm violations, companies need to understand the values and the interests of their stakeholders. This requires rigorous research and the analysis as well as evaluation of facts and causal relationships.
Insights Business Ethics
The Insights Business Ethics Europe is a report shedding light on tendencies in European business ethics and corporate responsibility discourse. The report contains special sub-reports on current issues in business ethics and surveys evaluating how respondents across Europe perceive environmental, social and economic legislation and the actions of enterprises within these frameworks. The findings derived from our research provide a better understanding of stakeholders’ expectations and future trends in corporate ethics, integrity and risk management and compliance.
Our AI Ethics White Paper:
Building a Connected, Intelligent and Ethical World
In the second decade of the 21st century, artificial intelligence (AI) has conquered the world and now shapes how societies and their institutions are maintained, organized and controlled. Given its tremendous influence on society, politics, science and economics, the interrelationship between ethics and AI concerns enterprises, governments and individual consumers worldwide. While stakeholders’ perceptions on AI ethics vary and are still materializing in numerous international, European and national frameworks, the majority touch on the overarching principles of beneficence, non-maleficence, autonomy, justice and explicability. These principles form the basis for our comparative analysis. In this white paper we analyzed all recently developed AI ethics frameworks
Research Paper in ‘Business and Human Rights Journal’:
Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights: A Business Ethical Assessment
Given the increasing human rights obligations of companies and the intensifying discourse on AI and human rights, we shed light on the responsibilities of corporate actors in terms of human rights standards in the context of developing and using AI. What implications do human rights obligations have for companies developing and using AI? In our article, we discuss firstly whether AI inherently conflicts with human rights and human autonomy. Next, we discuss how AI might be linked to the beneficence criterion of AI ethics and how AI might be applied in human rights-related areas. Finally, we elaborate on individual aspects of what it means to conform to human rights, addressing AI-specific problem areas.
Research Paper in ‘Springer VS - Philosophisches Handbuch Künstliche Intelligenz’:
Ethische und rechtliche Herausforderungen des autonomen Fahrens (in German)
Due to the increasing presence of autonomous and networked driving systems in road traffic, which will have an impact not only on users but also on the general public, there is an urgent need to address the ethical and legal challenges of this technology. Our considerations focus on an economic-ethical reflection of the guidelines of the Ethics Commission of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, which represent a positive example of cooperation between business, ethics and technology. Dealing with ethical dilemma situations, the question of legal liability and weighing up traffic safety and data protection are at the centre of our discussions.
Research Paper in ‘Journal of Management and Sustainability’:
Statistical Capacity, Human Rights and FDI in Sub-Saharan Africa Patterns of FDI Attraction in Sub-Saharan Africa
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is commonly perceived as one of the main drivers of technological progress and socio-economic development. At the same time, FDI is often regarded as an instrument of stabilising authoritarian regimes, which disenfranchise the rights of citizens to increase rents generated by foreign firms. Given that both views are accurate, the improvement of human rights and economic development could constitute two conflicting goals. This particularly applies to Sub-Saharan Africa, where a sizeable number of countries are mired in poverty and governed by authoritarian power structures.