North America and Its Ethical Policy

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Question #1 The effectiveness of the United States Sentencing Guidelines (USGG) is relative and difficult to measure due to the abstract nature of ethics and ethical conduct. The guidelines themselves are all encompassing rules applied to any company that falls under jurisdiction of the United Sates Federal Government. This top down approach to improve ethical behavior within society may cause as many problems as it attempts to solve. The 2004 revision of the USGG allows companies to avoid "fines and other punitive measures otherwise imposed by the courts " (Verschoor, 2007). Unfortunaeely the premise of this regulation assumes guilt by non-compliance and speaks to no higher authority than the U.S Federal Government. This broad approach loses its effectiveness because it ignores what the locality and relativity of ethical behavior. Standard practices vary from region to region and an imposing collectivist force mandating certain rules from afar will lack any real impact to change or desired behavior. Employees will act ethically only when it's in their best behavior. Capitalistic and American culture dictates the competitive nature of its citizens and business, so to expect a non-competitive or cooperative culture when dealing with relative terms such as ethics is to ignore reality. Assuming a company is unethical because it does not develop specific ethical programs lacks trust and faith in the community. Large scale and sweeping rule changes add very little to the
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