• Lauren Bloom is an interfaith minister and attorney who focuses on professional and personal integrity. Her career has been devoted to helping business professionals earn and maintain the trust of their clients, cutomers, colleagues and associates. An internationally-recognized expert on business and professional ethics, Lauren has appeared as a keynote speaker across North America and in Europe.

    Lauren lives in Springfield, Virginia outside of Washington, D.C.

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    Is Your Pizza Topped with Cruelty?

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    Frequent readers of this blog know that I have no use for industries that derive their money from cruelty, whether to people or animals.  I’m writing today to help publicize what appear to be particularly abusive conditions at the dairy … Continue reading

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    People > Profits? You bet!

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    Workers in Pennsylvania made headlines last week when they walked out of a Chipotle restaurant near Penn State.  They left a sign on the door blaming “borderline sweatshop conditions” for their decision to leave and featuring the phrase “People>Profits.”  The sign … Continue reading

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    Is BP Better than Exxon? Maybe…

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    Got a call yesterday from one of those telephone survey companies with scads of questions about the oil industry in general and BP in particular.  According to news reports, BP has agreed to a $4.5 billion settlement with the Justice … Continue reading

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    For BP, an ounce of prevention might have saved billions

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    It’s been more than two years since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and releasing the most massive oil spill in history.  Now, British oil company BP has admitted criminal liability for the disaster … Continue reading

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    Here come the LIBOR lawsuits

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    The Huffington Post reported today that a bevy of lawsuits are soon to be filed against banks accused of manipulating LIBOR.  For those of us who aren’t up to our elbows in the banking industry, LIBOR is a key index … Continue reading

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    If we can’t trust universities, what hope can we have?

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    Over the weekend, I finally got to watch “Inside Job,” the Academy Award-winning documentary on the Wall Street meltdown of 2008. Much of the story was all too familiar – the corrupt Wall Street culture that flourished on cocaine and … Continue reading

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    Maybe Wall Street needs actuaries

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    As the story at JPMorgan Chase continues to unfold, I’m increasingly struck by how badly the bank’s sophisticated investment gurus seem to have underestimated the risks associated with their losing trades. $2 billion is a sizeable chunk of change even … Continue reading

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    Shouldn’t Wal-Mart’s behavior affect its stock price?

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    For those of us who think and write about business ethics, Wal-Mart can be an absolute godsend. Most companies behave pretty well most of the time, leaving commentators with precious little to say. Wal-Mart, on the other hand, can be … Continue reading

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    Happy Valentine’s Day, McDonald’s!

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    Writing about business ethics can get pretty depressing sometimes. There are so many situations where corporations make the news by behaving badly in one way or another that it sometimes seems it isn’t even possible to catalogue them all. Consequently, … Continue reading

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    Can we afford corporate tax breaks?

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    President Obama’s State of the Union has stirred up a hornet’s nest in Washington. It’ll be awhile before the dust settles enough to know who’s coming down where on his various proposals. However, I want to focus on one aspect … Continue reading

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      When Bad Things Happen to Good People.

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