Ethical And Ethical Models Of The Asian Mining Sector

1559 Words Sep 26th, 2014 7 Pages
As a manager working for a large Australian business corporation in the mining sector, situations often arise in negotiations with other countries that are unethical by Western cultural standards. In this situation, negotiations with another manager from the Asian mining sector have reached some hurdles, and information has been received that giving the Asian manager an expensive gift will secure the business contract, as is accustomed in many Asian countries (Han Fan, Woodbine, Scully, 2012). This particular situation is classified by Australian law as bribery and as such poses both a legal and ethical dilemma to the manager in charge of making this decision (Pedigo, Marshall, 2009). In order to ensure that an ethically sound outcome is produced, three ethical models can be implemented to help the manager reach a decision that is in the best interest of all those that will be affected: Utilitarian, Justice, and Moral rights (Waddell, Jones and George, 2012). This paper will apply all three models to assess whether the manager should proceed with giving the gift to their Asian counter part, and prove that it is in all stakeholders best interests for the manager to decline to give the gift based on the moral rights model.

The Justice ethics model is defined as aiming to distribute the harms and benefits that result from a situation, in an even and impartial way amongst stakeholders (Waddell, Jones and George, 2012). For this model to be appropriate, the differences between…
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