Bribery: Ethics and Business

1767 Words Mar 30th, 2008 8 Pages
Bribery and corruption is a way of life in many countries. These practices affect the way international business is regularly conducted. However, in most of these countries, it is illegal to offer or receive bribes or engage in corrupt practices. Yet corrupt practices are a part of the ‘culture’ of ‘doing businesses. Unless companies ‘conform’ to such practices, in many cases, international business cannot be transacted.

This essay will attempt to provide discussion about bribery and corruption in international trade example in vary different point of view in according to the principal ethical system suchlike religious, philosophical and ‘natural’. It will be analyse the case of Siemens bribery scandal related to ethical issues.

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However, business do not have to involve none of them. Commonly, people confused business ethics is a concept that suffering is essential to morality.

One of the purposes in life for Christians is serving and loving God and the way to serve and love God is by follow the steps of Jesus of Nazareth which has in the Bible, by doing so Christians will find the highest virtue that is love. For the Jew, one serves and loves God also but through actions of justice and virtue. This commitment gives a sense of responsibility to family and community. Roman Catholicism has a tradition of formally applying values to moral aspect of industrial relations as Pope John Paul II asked to rich countries to forgive debt from poor countries.

Religion has not only formal systems with codes but also instruction for social relationships as “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” called “Golden Rule” and many other can be found in all great religious of the world

Immanuel Kant proposes that no matter what are the consequences may be or who did it, but some actions are always wrong. “rules to follow in moral decision making, rules that do not depend on circumstances or results and that do not permit individual exceptions.” (Shaw & Barry 2004 p69) Kant introduces in the business as well an important human aspect into business. For not being mean as Utilitarian point of view and egoist Kant’s principle clearly want business to consider more human as today with all those
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