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Buffett & Gates Go Back to School

The two wealthiest men in America, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, give business students at the University of Nebraska advice on how to get a job, how to find success, and how to help change the world.
Clemons (Stacks)

Rights & Ethical Perspectives

A lecture by R. Edward Freeman on strategies for environmental ethics.
Ivy (By Request)

Conversations With Jane Jacobs

Discussion with Jane Jacobs on urban and environmental planning and issues of design, urbanism, planning and sustainability.
Ivy (By Request)

Anatomy of a Corporate Takeover [electronic resource]

In Program 5, a panel of prominent Americans in the fields of business, law, and economics discuss ethics as they relate to corporate takeovers. They consider what responsibility is owed to shareholders, investors, employees, consumers, and the public, and whether there should be a sense of fairness in the corporate world. Debating the issues are T. Boone Pickens; chief executives from Borg-Warner, Goodyear, and Berkshire Hathaway; economist Lester Thurow; and Senator Tim Wirth.

Ropa Americana (American Clothing)

Ropa Americana documents the travels of an old purple t-shirt from the Toronto housewife who donates it to Goodwill Industry to its final destination, a housewife in Costa Rica who buys it in a second-hand store. The film is brightened by an immediacy provided by the unforgettable people involved in the complex chain of events: the donor, the charity worker, the textile company representative, the merchant in Costa Rica and the end user. The film brings to light the debate between the donors and the businessmen involved in the textile trade, an important commodity in today's global economy. The charitable donor finds it morally and ethically wrong for charities and middlemen to be making money off donated items. The companies involved believe they are running a legitimate and extreme [...]

Business Ethics [electronic resource]: 21st-Century Perspective

The globalization of commerce has added new shades of gray to the complex subject of business ethics. In this program, Frank Daly, corporate ethics officer at Northrop Grumman; Thomas White, director of the Center for Ethics and Business at Loyola Marymount University; and David Vogel, of the Haas School of Business, analyze the challenges to making ethical choices in the Information Age. Issues raised include the need for multinationals to agree on a set of core international business values, the impact of ever-shrinking time frames on the decision-making process, and the necessity of secure data transmission.
2005; 2000

Beef, Inc [electronic resource]: Fat Profits and Lean Standards

As traditional cattle-raising by independent producers is displaced by the intense livestock production of agribusiness giants, consumers are paying the price. This in-depth program examines the practices of North American meat multinationals, which raise livestock on huge feedlots. Genetic engineering, growth hormones, antibiotics, the monopolization of world markets, and other issues are addressed, along with concerns that these beefed-up cattle pose risks both to consumer health and to the world's economy-and do not taste very good, either.
2006; 1999

Fair Trade, Fair Profit [electronic resource]: Making Green Enterprise Work

All over the world, green enterprise is growing. This program focuses on the catalyst that is transforming Earth-friendly businesses into paying ventures: a thing that economists call externalities. In Mexico, coffee growers use collective bargaining to create a more secure market. In Tanzania, where malaria is rampant, a mosquito net manufacturer makes good by marketing social change. In Brazil, babassu nut farmers preserve their traditional business by finding markets for their nut by-products. And in Uganda, impoverished entrepreneurs rebuild their community with startup money from a nontraditional venture capital fund called C3.
2005; 2002

Ethics and Social Responsibility in Business [electronic resource]

Many businesses abide by a code of conduct, either company-specific or industry-wide. This timely program distinguishes between ethical behavior and social responsibility by spotlighting two well-known Australian businesses that exhibit both qualities: Bendigo Bank and its Community Bank initiative, a cooperatively spirited venture that teaches solid commercial principles to franchisees, and The Body Shop, a skincare product provider that calls itself an activist organization committed to positive social and environmental change and a retailer committed to customer service excellence. The underlying message? Good community is good business.
2005; 2003

Big Mac Under Attack [electronic resource]

Hungry consumers in America and abroad are losing their appetite for the world's largest fast food company. Is McDonald's a brand on the verge of collapse, or can it be revitalized? This program strives to find out, as Harvard Business School's David Upton, Philip Morris litigator John Banzhaf, BBC business editor Jeff Randall, and neuroscientist Ann Kelley cite fat- and sugar-laden foods, cannibalistic over-franchising, menu stagnation, and competition with Subway as factors in the giant's decline. McDonald's accepts that there are problems, but is determined to fix them. The plan? More customers, more often.
2005; 2003

Why Can't a Woman Succeed Like a Man? [electronic resource]

When it comes to corner office clout, women overall have not succeeded in the workplace to the degree that men generally have. In an effort to come to grips with that assessment, this program refuses to shy away from the hard questions as it sheds light on what is seen less as a glass ceiling and more as a glass maze. The central issue is whether, practically speaking, women can, should, or even desire to "have it all" by pursuing a career and raising a family. Drawing on hard science, social science, and pop science, the program considers the realities of gender inequality as it examines matters of sex discrimination in the workplace, business priorities and practices involving maternity leave, the effects of nature and nurture on innate competitiveness, the state of the nuclear fam [...]
2010; 2009

Why Can't a Woman Earn as Much as a Man? [electronic resource]

In terms of lifetime earning power, most women earn far less than their male colleagues do. What lies at the root of the pay gap? The answer is neither simple nor definitive, as this program reveals. Research leads hosts Sophie Raworth and Justin Rowlatt - each a parent with young daughters - on a not-so-merry chase to see what the future may hold for their children. Stops along the way include a meeting regarding a class action suit brought by women for lost wages due to unfair salary practices; a group job interview that prompts discussion of a double standard regarding assertiveness in women and men; same-sex and coeducational schools, to see how gender stereotyping influences career choice; and a medical facility where a brain activity assessment is used to seek insights into pot [...]
2010; 2009

The World's Greatest Moneymaker [electronic resource]: Warren Buffett

Invest, don't speculate. "Only deal in things you can understand." "Be greedy when others are fearful and fearful when others are greedy." These are three of the maxims of Warren Buffett-the modern Midas who, with a net worth in the tens of billions of dollars, is arguably the world's greatest moneymaker. How has he achieved such success? This program examines the Oracle of Omaha's deceptively simple business strategies as it spotlights the high points and low points of his amazing career. This is pure Warren in his own words and the comments of those who know him best.
2010; 2009

The Biofuel Myth [electronic resource]: Harsh Realities in the Developing World

Once widely considered a sustainable energy source, some forms of biofuel are now seen as exploitative and environmentally harmful. This program examines the global dilemma over palm oil-a fuel source championed by the European Union before the effects of its cultivation became apparent in the developing world. Viewers meet members of Indonesia's Orang Rimba tribe who have drawn sustenance from the rainforests for millennia and now watch as their lands give way to palm oil plantations. The film highlights efforts by tribal and Western activists to fight deforestation, as well as the work of E.U. leaders like Claude Turmes, who once supported agrofuel quotas but now recognizes their destructive impact.
2010; 2009

El Contrato [electronic resource]: Contract

Mexican citizens working in the United States and Canada can face difficult conditions, even when they are employed legally. Filmed over an entire growing season, El Contrato documents the experiences of a group of laborers contracted to work in a sprawling tomato greenhouse. Tensions between workers, growers, and government officials reveal disturbing aspects of the hugely profitable greenhouse industry, including the abuse of employees whom even the local Mexican consul seems to view as expendable. Presenting rarely heard voices, El Contrato is an uncompromising look at the migrant worker's plight.
2006; 2003

Slaves of the Cyberworld [electronic resource]

It goes by many names-digital outsourcing, micropayment, or an assortment of other harmless monikers. But when the hungry and desperate supply round-the-clock online labor for pennies or nothing, the term "slavery" starts to gain validity. This program examines the issue on a global level as it reveals the human cost of exploitative Internet businesses. Viewers meet struggling Serbian camera slingers who supply image after image to avaricious stock photography sites; a French waitress trying to make ends meet as an online translator, despite earning only a fraction of the minimum wage; and Chinese teenagers who, after working brutally long shifts testing video games, wait for paychecks that may never come.
2010; 2007

Low Carbon [electronic resource]: The Economics of Climate Change

Some conservatives paint the environmentalist movement as socialist or worse, but the key to reducing humanity's carbon footprint may actually appear in new manifestations of capitalism. From electric car technology to the production of ethanol out of waste products, fighting climate change is in fact creating new economic opportunities and could actually steer the planet away from a plunge in Gross World Product. One of the countries leading the charge is Spain. As it promotes solar and wind energy and the widespread use of bicycles, the second-largest country in Western Europe is embracing the challenges of green commerce. What can be learned from the Spanish example? This program investigates.
2010; 2009

Carbon Hunters [electronic resource]: Pollution, Profits, and Profiteering

Participants in the global cap-and-trade system range from well-intentioned business leaders to rogue peddlers hoping for a quick and unprincipled killing. As for detractors, the carbon credit industry has no shortage, especially in the environmentalist movement. This film sifts through the many-sided controversy as it plays out in the West and in the developing world. Dedicated eco-watchdogs provide commentary, shedding light on important concepts like additionality and geoengineering. Viewers also meet brokers and investors who aim to earn from carbon sequestering around the world, while Indian, Filipino, and indigenous Canadian stakeholders struggle to make the system work for them-or avoid it altogether.
2010; 2009

Bill Moyers Journal [electronic resource]: Bank Fraud / Net Neutrality

In this edition of the Journal, Bill Moyers sits down with veteran regulator William K. Black, who says Wall Street is still breaking regulatory rules and questions whether President Obama's proposed legislation could actually prevent another financial crisis. Next, Moyers talks with FCC Commissioner Michael Copps to discuss freedom of the Web-the future of Net neutrality, the fight for more democratic media, and the future of journalism in the Digital Age-as Big Telecom's grip on broadband continues to tighten. The program concludes with excerpts from Deepening the American Dream, an online project that features Journal guests laying out their vision for the future of the American dream.

Newshour Business Ethics Anthology [electronic resource]

The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer is renowned for its balanced, in-depth reporting. This anthology of NewsHour segments comes to terms with thorny issues of business ethics. Through interviews with key figures and insightful analysis, the anthology blends case studies and background reports to explore the Enron affair, stratospheric executive compensation, Wall Street irregularities, and other topical business concerns within their broader contexts.