Debate on Sweatshops to Explore the Ethical Obligations of Multinationals

November 28, 2012

Event to be Hosted by Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics, Dec. 4

WHAT:  The Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics at the university’s McDonough School of Business will host a debate on the question: What ethical obligations do multinational enterprises have to the workers at the base of their supply chains?

Edward Soule, associate professor of ethics at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, and Benjamin Powell, assistant professor of economics at Suffolk University, will present their views on the question and invite comments from the audience.

Housed at Georgetown McDonough, the institute aims to produce research related to the ethics of markets and the ethical challenges faced by individuals functioning in the market environment; develop academic courses and tools to advance teaching business ethics; bring ethical considerations to bear on policy decisions regarding the regulation of markets; and educate the broader business community on ethical issues related to the functioning of markets.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
12–1:30 p.m.

Georgetown University McDonough School of Business
Rafik B. Hariri Building, Lohrfink Auditorium
37th & O Streets, NW
Washington, D.C.

Those interested in attending the event should register online at

Media who are interested in covering the event should contact Teresa Mannix, senior director of communications, at (202) 687-4080 or

About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business provides a transformational education through classroom and experiential learning, preparing students to graduate as principled leaders in service to business and society. Through numerous centers, initiatives, and partnerships, Georgetown McDonough seeks to create a meaningful impact on business practice through both research and teaching. All academic programs provide a global perspective, woven through the undergraduate and graduate curriculum in a way that is unique to Washington, D.C. – the nexus of world business and policy – and to Georgetown University’s connections to global partner organizations and a world-wide alumni network. Founded in 1957, Georgetown McDonough is home to some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 1,200 participants in executive degree and open enrollment programs. Learn more at Follow us on Twitter @msbgu.