The attitudes of the world's eight major religions to business have much in common, particularly the idea of behaving in a moral way that helps others. Hinduism has a positive attitude towards business and creating wealth, but wealth is not the supreme goal. Taoism says the aim of business should not be personal success or gain, but the common good.
Buddhists search for the 'right livelihood' and are generally opposed to companies that don't care for the environment. Shintoism emphasises the benefits of business for the group, which is seen as a family. The teachings of Christianity contain warnings about serving money rather than God.
How world religions view business ethics
IESE Insight, March 2006
Review by Steve Lodge.