BELL: The Business Ethics Links Library
Resources for Research in Business Ethics and Social Responsibility

William M. White Business Library, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado at Boulder
Created by Gene Hayworth
Updated by Natalia Tingle

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  • CSR Rankings

    World's Most Ethical Companies
    Ranking is produced by the Ethisphere Institute, an international think-tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability.

    100 Best Corporate Citizens
    This annual list is edited by Corporate Responsibility Officer Magazine. Companies are ranked based on how well they perform in eight categories drawing on both financial information and measures of corporate social performance.

    World's Most Sustainable Corporations
    Annual project initiated by Corporate Knights and three strategic partners. The aim is to highlight global corporations that are the most proactive in managing environment, social and governance (ESG) issues. The winners are announced each year during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

    Corporate Social Responsibility Index
    Annual CSR Index Report and ranking of the top 50 companies in the United States that the public distinguishes for corporate social responsibility based on a survey of consumers in the United States. Published by The Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College Carroll School of Management and the Reputation Institute, a private advisory and research firm specializing in corporate reputation management.

    Newsweek's Green Rankings
    Assessment of the 500 largest publicly traded U.S and 100 Global corporations published in Newsweek Magazine. The magazine teamed up with three leading environmental research organizations for a data-driven assessment by which the group quantified each company's actual environmental footprint (including policies and strategies) along with its reputation among environmental experts.

    Climate Counts
    Climate Counts is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising consumer awareness about climate change. Climate Counts scores companies, products, and brands on climate impact, disclosure, and support of climate-related legislation. Company scorecards are updated annually.

    Maplecroft's Climate Innovation Index
    Overall ranking results for each index and detailed score breakdown by company. Data is available for online viewing and may purchased for download.

    CSRHUB is a corporate social responsibility (CSR) ratings tool that allows managers, researchers, consultants, academics and activists to track the CSR and sustainability performance of major companies. Data is aggregated from more than 100 sources to provide users with a comprehensive source of CSR information on nearly 5,000 publicly traded companies in 65 countries.

    Journals and Newsletters
    The following list represents only a portion of the journals and newsletters available online. Many are by subscription only to CU Faculty, Staff and Students through library databases. In addition, there are many useful print journals in our collection containing information on business ethics. Please contact a librarian if you would like further information on locating these and other resources.

    Beyond Grey Pinstripes: Preparing MBAs for Social and Environmental Stewardship
    Beyond Grey Pinstripes is a publication that goes beyond the traditional business school rankings by benchmarking the integration of sustainability into MBA programs.

    Business and Professional Ethics Journal [UCB subscribers only]
    Original articles and review essays focusing on ethical issues encountered by professionals working in organizational structures (corporations, large partnerships, governmental agencies, universities); book reviews and announcements.

    Business and Society [UCB subscribers only]
    Business & Society is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal devoted entirely to research, discussion, and analysis on the relationship between business and society. is an online magazine that focuses on the world of social entrepreneurship. It provides solutions and resources needed to help everyone become a changemaker and presents stories that explore the fundamental principles of successful social innovation around the world.

    Critical Perspectives on Accounting [UCB subscribers only]
    Has full-text journal articles presented at the Critical Accounting Symposium.

    Chronicle of Philanthropy (Biweekly)
    The Chronicle of Philanthropy is the newspaper of the nonprofit world. It has news for charity leaders, fund raisers, grant makers, and other people involved in the philanthropic enterprise.

    Corporate Social Responsibility & Environmental Management [UCB subscribers only]
    "Results of high quality research relating to the development of tools and techniques for improving performance and accountability concerned with social and environmental responsibilities in the context of sustainable development."

    CorpWatch investigates and exposes corporate violations of human rights, environmental crimes, fraud and corruption around the world.  They work to foster global justice, independent media activism and democratic control over corporations.

    CSRwire: The Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire Service
    CSRwire is a leading source of corporate social responsibility and sustainability, press releases, reports and information.

    Electronic Journal of Business Ethics and Organization Studies
    The EJBO has full-text articles related to business ethics.  The site does not require a subscription and has archives from 1996 to the present.

    Ethical Corporation Magazine
    The Ethical Corporation Magazine provides analysis, comment, and holds conferences that promote ethical corporate principles.

    Ethics & the Environment [UCB subscribers only]
    Ethics & the Environment is an interdisciplinary forum for theoretical and practical articles, discussions, reviews, and book reviews in the area of environmental ethics.

    Ethics and Information Technology [UCB subscribers only]
    Ethics and Information Technology is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to advancing the dialogue between moral philosophy and the field of information and communication technology (ICT).

    Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics : ESEP
    ESEP provides a global stage for presenting, discussing and developing issues concerning ethics in science, environmental politics, and in the new constructs of eco-ethics and econ-ethics.

    Ethics Newsline - Institute for Global Ethics
    Ethics Newsline is published by the Institute for Global Ethics and is the premier online source for news and information on ethics and current events.

    Ethics, Place and Environment [UCB subscribers only]
    Ethics, Place & Environment offers scholarly articles, reviews, critical exchanges, and short reflections on all aspects of geographical and environmental ethics.

    Ethics Today
    ERC advances understanding of the practices that promote ethical conduct, through research, measurement of ethics and compliance program effectiveness, and the development of white papers and educational resources based on overall findings.

    Ethikos and Corporate Conduct Quarterly
    Ethikos examines changes in the corporate ethics scene from the viewpoint of those involved: compliance officers, ethics officers, ombudspersons, practicing professionals in law, accounting, management, and government.

    Foundation News & Commentary
    FN&C serves as vehicle for information, ideas, analysis and commentary relevant to effective grantwriting.  It seeks to enhance understanding of organized philanthropy by grantseekers, policy makers, opinion leaders and the society at large.

    GreenFILE from EBSCO
    GreenFILE indexes scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports. This resource offers a unique perspective on the positive and negative ways humans affect the environment. Drawing on the connection between the environment and disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology, GreenFILE serves as an informative resource for anyone concerned about the issues facing our planet.

    The GreenMoney Journal has information about socially responsible investing. Full-text articles are available without a subscription.

    Innovations: Technology|Governance|Globalization [UCB subscribers only]
    The journal features cases authored by exceptional innovators; commentary and research from leading academics; and essays from globally recognized executives and political leaders.

    International Journal of Social Economics [UCB subscribers only]
    Journal of Academic Ethics [UCB subscribers only]
    The Journal of Academic Ethics is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal devoted to the examination of ethical issues related to all aspects of post- secondary education, primarily within a university context.

    Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics [UCB subscribers only]
    The Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics welcomes articles on ethical issues confronting agriculture, food production and environmental concerns.

    Journal of Business Ethics [UCB subscribers only]
    The Journal of Business Ethics publishes original articles from a wide variety of methodological and disciplinary perspectives concerning ethical issues related to business.

    Journal of Business Systems, Governance and Ethics
    The Journal of Business Systems, Governance and Ethics is an online peer reviewed journal whose purpose is to facilitate the publication of research articles in the related fields of Business Systems, Corporate Governance and Ethical issues arising from these areas.

    The Journal of Cleaner Production [UCB subscribers only]
    The Journal of Cleaner Production serves as an interdisciplinary, international forum for the exchange of information and research results on the technologies, concepts and policies designed to help ensure progress towards sustainable societies. It aims to encourage industrial innovation, new and improved products, and the implementation of new, cleaner processes, products and services. It is also designed to stimulate the development and implementation of prevention oriented governmental policies and educational programmes.

    The Journal of Corporate Citizenship [UCB subscribers only]
    The Journal of Corporate Citizenship is a peer-reviewed quarterly publication focusing on the integration of theory and practice as related to corporate citizenship. A key feature is the ‘Turning Points’ section. Turning Points are commentaries, controversies, new ideas, essays and insights that we hope will be provocative and engaging, raise the important issues of the day and provide observations on what is too new yet to be the subject of empirical and theoretical studies.

    The Journal of Ethics [UCB subscribers only]
    The Journal of Ethics: An International Philosophical Review publishes articles on a wide range of topics in ethics, philosophically construed, including such areas as ethical theory, moral, social, political, and legal philosophy.

    Journal of Mass Media Ethics : MME [UCB subscribers only]
    The Journal of Mass Media Ethics publishes reasoned discussions of mass media ethics and morality among academic and professional groups in the various branches and sub disciplines of communication and ethics.

    Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal [UCB subscribers only]
    The Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal offers a scholarly forum for diverse views on major issues in bioethics.

    Management Ethics: the newsletter of the Canadian Centre for Ethics and Corporate Policy
    Management Ethics is a quarterly publication of the Canadian Centre for Ethics & Corporate Policy, with articles featuring topics of interest to the business community.

    Politics, Philosophy & Economics : PPE [UCB subscribers only]
    Politics, Philosophy & Economics is a forum for the interchange of methods and concepts among political scientists, philosophers and economists interested in the analysis and evaluation of political and economic institutions and practices.

    Social Responsibility Journal [UCB subscribers only]
    This interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal offers case studies, theoretical papers and empirical research on social responsibility with a global scope.

    Society and Business Review [UCB subscribers only]
    Society and Business Review aims to cultivate and share knowledge and ideas in order to assist businesses to enhance their commitment in societies. Being international in outlook and interdisciplinary in scope, the journal seeks to provide a platform for diverse academic and practitioner communities to debate a broad spectrum of social issues and disciplinary perspectives, globally.

    Society of Professional Journalists - Ethics News
    The Society of Professional Journalists is a broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior.

    STATS: Statistical Assessment Service
    STATS is a non-profit, non-partisan dedicated to correcting scientific misinformation in the media resulting from bad science, politics, or a simple lack of information or knowledge.