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Research into ethical issues is part of the mission of the Center for Ethical Concerns. When appropriate, it designs and conducts surveys to determine public attitudes on specific issues.

A Technology CEOs Ethics Survey was conducted in January 2001 to determine the attitudes of executives in the technology industry in Northern Virginia. Some 340 CEOs of technology firms were polled by mail on a series of ethical issues facing their industry. In partnership with Digital Focus, the Center then hosted a series of forums where survey respondents discussed the results. For information about this survey, contact Paul Byers, director, Center for Ethical Concerns, (703) 284-1688 or pbyers@marymount.edu.

In 1995, 1996 and 1999, the Center commissioned National Consumer Sweatshop Surveys to measure consumer attitudes toward products made under sweatshop labor conditions. A total of 1,000 people in a demographically balanced sample were asked a series of questions about their attitudes on this topic. The results showed that consumers were consistently willing to pay more for products that were not made under sweatshop conditions. For information about this survey, contact Paul Byers, director, Center for Ethical Concerns, (703) 284-1688 or pbyers@marymount.edu.