A Brief Note On Business Ethics And Social Responsibility

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QUESTION 1 1.1.1 Social Responsibility – Social responsibility is the limiting of malpractice through regulation. It is measured by the contribution of a business towards the economy and the employment opportunities. (Erasmus, Strydom and Rudansky-Kloppers, 2015: 9) Employment Equity – Employment equity strives to produce equal employment opportunities for all members of the community. In 1998, the Employment Equity Act became law in South Africa and was designed to eradicate unfair discrimination and create a diverse workplace that represents all of South Africa’s population groups. (Erasmus, Strydom and Rudansky-Kloppers, 2015: 9) Business Ethics – Business ethics are linked to social responsibility, however, it focuses on the “ethical behaviour of managers and executives in the business world” (Erasmus, Strydom and Rudansky-Kloppers, 2015: 11). Many businesses have implemented a ‘code of business conduct’ to ensure that all executive members and managers have a precise outline of what is considered to be ethical in the business environment. (Erasmus, Strydom and Rudansky-Kloppers, 2015: 11) Consumerism – “Consumerism is a social force that protects consumers against unsafe products and malpractice by exerting moral and economic pressure on businesses” (Erasmus, Strydom and Rudansky-Kloppers, 2015: 11) Environmental Sustainability – Environmental sustainability is the pressure placed on businesses to protect the environment from all types off pollution. (Erasmus, Strydom

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