Business Ethics

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Topic: Page:

1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 2
2. INTRODUCTION 3
3. RIMS 4
3.1 EVALUATION OF ALL POINTS OF VIEW 4
3.2 IMPLICATIONS 6
3.3 SOLUTION 6
4. THEORETICAL APPROACHES TO BUSINESS ETHICS 7
4.1 SOCIAL SCIENTIFIC POSITION 7
4.2 MANAGERIAL POSITION 7
4.3 ORGANISATIONAL INTEREST POSITION 8
4.4 ETHICAL GUIDANCE POSITION 9
4.5 ETHICAL CONTROL POSITION 9
4.6 ETHICAL DEVELOPMENT POSITION 10
5. MYTHS 11
5.1 DOG EAT DOG 11
5.2 ITÔÇÖS NOT SO SERIOUS 11
5.3 IF YOU CANÔÇÖT BEAT THEM JOIN THEM 12
5.4 SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST 12
5.5 NICE GUYS COME SECOND 13
5.6 ALL THAT MATTERS IS THE BOTTOM LINE 13
6. ETHICAL DIMENSIONS 14
6.1 MACRO 14
6.2 MESO 15
6.3 MICRO 16
7. DESCRIPTIVE ETHICS 17
7.1
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At the core is the individual decision maker with a unique combination of personality characteristics and values as well as personal experience in being rewarded or reinforced for certain behaviour.

Many organisations recognise that there is a crucial connection between ethics and organisational success. They acknowledge that the passionate preservation of corporate reputation, respect for the preferences of ethically discerning consumers, and the protection of company assets against fraud and corruption result in investor confidence and good business.

3. RIMS

3.1 Evaluation of all points of view
Currently, 1.5 million Zimbabweans are living with AIDS. One in every four sexually active Zimbabweans is estimated to be infected with the virus while over 3,000 are said to be dying every week due to AIDS-related diseases. An estimated 565 new infections among adults and children occur every day. Women are hardest hit, 80 per cent of those living with HIV are women aged 15-24years old. The pandemic has left about 900,000 children orphaned. Zimbabwe has an HIV/AIDS rate of about 21 per cent, down from the estimated 24.6 per cent of a few months ago, a decline which some attribute to behaviour change and others to flawed statistics.

Around the world today people infected with HIV can count on living longer and feeling better, thanks to the advent of ARVs. However in Zimbabwe many of those…

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