Presentation of the journal Finance & the Common Good/Bien Commun

The journal is mainly aimed at financial practitioners – in the broadest sense of the term – who are conscious of the ethical dimension of their activities and are wondering how they can best contribute to the common good through their work.

The editors of Finance & the Common Good/Bien Commun are convinced that the financial sector and financial practitioners can only perform their intermediary role in a manner that is of benefit to all if their working decisions and their training take account of ethical considerations and, more broadly, of how their decisions contribute to the common good. These concerns revolve around four main issues, which form the basis for the debate in this journal:

  • The changing position of finance in the political architecture of society and of the world in general. This involves taking account of the need for a ‘world order’ rooted in shared norms that can ensure a minimum of coherence and stability, as well as the diversity of cultures, norms and institutions.
  • The way in which theoreticians and practitioners see finance and its role.
  • The pursuit of ethics in a globalized yet plural world. This involves looking more closely at the interplay between norms, moral imperatives, value systems and spiritual currents of thought aimed at individual development and fair distribution of the fruits of progress.
  • How finance contributes to other aspects of production and trade, and how it affects the common good. Among other things, this involves looking at institutional solutions and innovations, which are sometimes summed up as ‘ethical’ or ‘solidarity’ finance.

First published in 1998, the bilingual (English and French) journal Finance & the Common Good/Bien Commun includes summaries of each article in the other language. More information is available on the editor’s website.

Finance et Bien Commun

Submitting an article

Authors are invited to submit articles to the board of editors with a view to publication in the journal.

Recent issues:

N°40&41 – Ethics in Finance: What can we do? The views of the upcoming generation – Nominated essays, The Robin Cosgrove Prize 2012/2013 – 2013

N°39 – Nominated Essays « Ethics in Finance – Robin Cosgrove Prize » – Edition 2010/2011 – November 2011

N°37/38 – Figures de la solidarité: approches interdisciplinaires – October 2011