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亚当斯密的经济伦理思想对我国企业社会责任建设的借鉴意义/Significance of Adam Smith's Economic Ethical T

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The Paper “Significance of Adam Smith's Economic Ethical Thought in the Fulfillment of Social Responsibility”, written by Shen Ping and Sun Jian from Hebei University of Science and Technology, is the third Prize of 2009 Collegiate Corporate Social Responsibility Essay Competition, which is organized by the Center for International Business Ethics at UIBE, Beijing. The whole paper can be found in the attachment.

Significance of Adam Smith's Economic Ethical Thought in the Fulfillment of Social Responsibility

Abstract: As the main founder of economics, Adam Smith is regarded as “Father of Modern Economics” and “Guardian of Free Enterprises.” He was also the first western thinker who made a profound reflection on the relationship between economic activities and moral ethics. “The Theory of Moral Sentiments”, one of his works, was greatly acknowledged in the academic circle. According to Adam Smith, it is a rightful behavior to concern for one’s own interests. But such concern must be restricted by morality and laws. Through the regulation of “invisible hands”, the interests of everyone, individual and national wealth can be coordinated. Therefore, with profound implication and practicability, the thoughts of Adam Smith can play an important role in motivating enterprises to perform social responsibility against the background of market economy.

Key Words: Adam Smith; thoughts on economic Ethics; The Theory of Moral Sentiments; corporate social responsibility
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