Business Ethics : Ethics And Business

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According to the Oxford Dictionary the definition of Amoral means unconcerned with the rightness or wrongness of something (Oxford Dictionary, 2015). One of the most significant current discussions in Business is Ethics. Some people believe that the decisions businesses make in interest of the business has no place in ethics and that they are essentially amoral. These businesses believe that their main objective is to simply make a profit and that it does not affect the success of the business. Whereas some businesses believe that they have to take ethics into consideration, in order for their business to be a success.

Richard T. De George (1999) states that ethics and business do not go together. The value judgements made in ethics between actions that are classed as good or bad, or labelled right or wrong, do not apply to businesses. Businesses simply want to sell their goods and services and make a profit. Although businesses are not immoral they may be amoral. However, people that claim that businesses are immoral do not understand that if everyone in a business acted immorally then business would come to a standstill.

But, if a company is associated with good behaviour, using renewable sources, not employing child labour in its factories in developing countries, and providing good training and development opportunities for its staff, this should be good for sales (Fisher, Lovell, Valero-Silva, 2012, 12). Customers would be more likely to invest their money in the…
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