Ethics, what is it and what does it mean? The laymen term for ethics is simply defined as “ doing what is right” but, what does that mean? The meaning of “ ethics” is open to interpretation. What is right for one person may not be viewed as being right to another. Ethics has been termed by scholars in different ways. Rule –based ethics is popular among public and private entities alike. Mid to low level employees feel they are protected from wrong or nefarious dealings, if they follow the organizations rules. Rule-based ethics extends outward to following the rules ones’ culture and religion as well. The problem with rule-based ethics is acting legally is not always acting ethically. For example, playing on people’s emotions for personal gain or treating subordinates as a disposable object is not illegal but it is not necessarily ethical. Value-based ethics is governed by the assumption that people have a core set of values that he or she live by. If a person’s behavior matches their values this can be construed as living ethically. Segregation exposes the fundamental flaw in value-based ethics. To use a segregated bathroom at one time was illegal, to make a stand and use a segregated bathroom anyways is viewed as ethical. Situational ethics is employed on a daily basis whether its utilization is a conciseness or not. This form of ethics is employed on a situation-to-situation basis. We as human beings are faced with a plethora of decisions everyday; some are identical but
I have to agree with the ruling, that the hospital should be held responsible for not providing adequate care to the rape victim. Even if they do not offer the treatment in house, it should have been a conversation, and a script written if needed. Withholding that information is a violation of their believes in caring for the sick and injured patient. Not to mention the ethical issue of justice for treating all of their patients equally.
The first part of this essay deals with why solicitors are required to conduct themselves in an ethical manner. Solicitors are regularly trying to tackle cases presented to them with ethical implications and dilemmas. The Oxford English Dictionary has a few meanings to the word ethics. The broad use of the term ethics is sometimes equated with moral principles, or a system of these. However, it also describes ethics to be “The moral principles or values held or shown by an individual person. The codes of conduct or moral principles recognized in a particular profession, sphere of activity, relationship, or other context or aspect of human life.”
In this essay, I will consider several popular theories discussed by well-known philosophers that will help me decide ethical dilemma. The situation is that one of my coworker has been using work-place resource to run personal side-business. She tells me a convincing story of personal adversity and struggling to get ahead, and ask to meet next day to talk about. About the same time, I receive and email reminding all employees that the work place ethics code forbids using work-place resources for personal financial profit. To make ethically right decision in this ethical dilemma, I will focus on the philosophers’ standpoint and reasoning of ethics of care, ethics of justice, utilitarian ethics and universal principle to analyze the situation. In this tough situation, my conclusion is that I will not report this action to the higher authority although she is violating work place ethics code. I will provide my reasoning why I will not report this to the higher authority in this essay.
1. The Mayor of a large city was given a free membership in an exclusive golf club by people who have received several city contracts. He also accepted gifts from organizations that have not done business with the City but might in the future. The gifts ranged from $200 tickets to professional sports events to designer watches and jewelry.
Ad hominem ethical fallacies; which attacks a person’s character rather than a person’s reasoning would be none existent making a change that would empower and persuade for the better.
First and foremost, you may wonder what exactly is business ethics, well “Ethics is the study of proper business policy’s and practice” (Business Ethics, 2013). Ethics isn’t only for the owner of the company and their clients, but it’s also for their employees. Ethics is also
There are several steps corporate and governmental leaders can take to promote ethical behavior to include developing a code of ethics and implementing ethical policies. Maintaining and supporting open communication with stakeholders and employees builds trust so that concerns are brought forward without fear of retaliation. Establishing systems and processes that support and do not sabotage ethical practices is significant to safeguarding against fraudulent and unethical behavior. However, even with the proper policies and reporting mechanisms, companies are not guaranteed that unethical behavior will not occur. With systems in place, a company is able to address issues and take action to discontinue the behavior. The most effective way to promote ethical behavior is through leadership commitment, training and demonstrating appropriate behavior. (Center for Ethical Business Cultures, 2008)
Ethical behavior is behavior that a person considers to be appropriate. A person’s moral principals are shaped from birth, and developed overtime throughout the person’s life. There are many factors that can influence what a person believes whats is right, or what is wrong. Some factors are a person’s family, religious beliefs, culture, and experiences. In business it is of great importance for an employee to understand how to act ethically to prevent a company from being sued, and receiving criticism from the public while bringing in profits for the company. (Mallor, Barnes, Bowers, & Langvardt, 2010) Business ethics is when ethical behavior is applied in an business environment, or by a business. There are many
According to Ethics in Action, a Vancouver, BC, organization whose awards program recognizes socially responsible corporations, "Socially responsible companies consider the full scope of their impact on communities and the environment when making decisions, balancing the needs of stakeholders with their need to make a profit." Thus, the success and effect of a socially responsible company is measured according to its whole impact on all who are
Group counseling provides an environment that promotes and advocates for individuals to develop and nurture inter- and intrapersonal relationships, problem solving skills, and coping skills. Positive outcomes can only be ensured if group members adhere to certain principles. One such principle is confidentiality. I will give overview of the American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics as it pertains to group counseling.
The word “ethics” comes from Greek ethikas meaning character. Today, we use ethics to describe the normative standard of behavior. The history of philosophical ethics has been broken up into five rational methods: Virtue, Traditional, Modern, and Post-Modern Ethics. Within these periods, the philosophy of ethics changed along with the changes being made within society.
Every organization also has a profession responsibility to conduct business honestly and ethically. Our readings reported, “Experts estimated that U.S. companies lose about $600 billion a year from unethical and criminal behavior” Kinicki and Kreitner (2009). The organization could avoid having ethical issues by meeting the
Today’s business world presents numerous ethical issues. In today’s world above board/moral ethics in organizations do not often materialize intuitively. Organization must strive to provide employees with a clear understanding of the overall company vision. This will aid employees in practicing the code of ethics, policies and procedures in the workplace. Companies must be unwavering in continuously delivering the uppermost ethics of provision in which customers, applicants and employees are entitled to under fair business practices. One major core value is to uphold responsible and fair business practices.
The overwhelming facts point to a shady underworld of self-dealing and opportunistic exploitation of the poor and working class, which was until recently, well hidden from the commoner. The executives of WorldCom and Enron provide real world examples of unethical business practices, where the desire to make money for their shareholders transcended into an addiction to greed and self-dealing that were displayed by their, “excessive pay, perks, and golden parachutes”(Carson 392) at the expense of all stakeholders. All is not lost, there are corporations that pride themselves in their sound business model and commitment to ethical business practices. Such companies as Eaton Corporation, and Weyerhaeuser, who according to Ethisphere.com, a business ethics watchdog, are among the “2010 World`s most ethical companies.” (Ethisphere)