Morality as Organizational Practice

Workshop of the German Association of Cultural Anthropology and Folklore Studies on April 22–23, 2021

Organizations are increasingly the subject of moral debates. Calls for product boycotts due to norm transgressions or political engagement of organizations, developments of compliance management and corporate social responsibility standards, initiatives for supply chain laws, the implementation of labels for family friendliness or sustainability – to name a few examples – all address organizations in terms of their ethical conduct and guidelines. The positioning of organizations, including small and medium-sized enterprises, and non-governmental organizations, is publicly discussed and taken as a basis for consumer, client, and political decisions in a broad scope of topics, ranging from racism, diversity, environmental impact, and animal treatment to corruption, income inequalities, workers’ rights along supply chains, or customer relations. Both the perspectives of customers, organizations, and further stakeholders on such developments have been highlighted under the label of “ethical consumption” or vis-à-vis the fragility of organizations. However, the impact and effects of these contemporary processes on actors working in or for such organizations or subcontractors, both as employed or freelance workers, have so far only been dealt with tangentially or left as a blank spot.

Organizing Committee


The Section “Cultures of Work” of the German Association of Cultural Anthropology and Folklore Studies (dgv) and the Institute for Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology, University of Freiburg, in cooperation with the Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies (ISEK), University of Zurich.


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