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Business Ethics

The sustainability discourse in affluent countries is defensive in the sense that change is associated with risk rather than opportunity. But history teaches us that sustainable solutions are created through innovation rather than mere regulation. Our research in Business Ethics aims to investigate the virtues of entrepreneurship in enabling sustainable change.


Related Publications

Aerni, P. (2021) ‘The ethics of farm animal biotechnology from an anthropological perspective’. Sustainability 13(7), 3674.

Aerni, P. (2019) ‘Politicizing the Precautionary Principle: why disregarding facts should not pass for farsightedness’. Frontiers in Plant Science 10 (1053),

Aerni, P. (2018) ‘Global Business in Local Culture: The impact of embedded Multinational Enterprises’. SpringerBriefs in Economics, 1-122.

Aerni, P. (2016) ‘Coping with Migration-Induced Urban Growth: Addressing the Blind Spot of UN Habitat’. Sustainability 8(8), 800,

Aerni, P., Grün K.-J., Kummert, I. Schwierigkeiten mit der Moral: Ein Plädoyer für eine neue Wirtschaftsethik. Springer Gabler, Wiesbaden ( )

Aerni, P. Entrepreneurial Rights as Human Rights. Banson, Cambridge (

Aerni, P. und Grün, K-J. (eds). ‘Moral und Angst’. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Verlag, Göttingen (*


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