The Ethics Of Duty Ethics

1356 WordsJan 1, 20176 Pages
Introduction As a society, there are actions that can be considered as rights or duties. This philosophy is referred to as Duty Ethics, or Deontological Ethics. Duty Ethics highlights what is the “right thing to do instead of what is the good thing to do” (Philosophy, 2016). In addition, the duty ethics philosophy tries to “justify the duty to behave one way over another” (Philosophy, 2016). The concept of duty ethics can be used to determine right behaviors, as well as to determine what should be done to make a situation right. Mattel Inc. is known as being the “world’s largest toy company” (Sethi et al., 2011). The article by S. Prakash Sethi and colleagues (2011) suggests that the multinational corporation has been faced with numerous…show more content…
While this action could produce a negative consequence, followers would state that the right act was chosen and it was their duty to keep a promise. One of the benefits of duty ethics is that it is “concerned with the action itself” (Duty, 2014). Furthermore, if the action is the right one to choose, then it should be done. Nonetheless, duty ethics followers have moral rules that can assist with choosing the right act. While choosing the right act should be easy, there are some concerns with duty ethics. The Duty Ethics article states that due to the lack of interest in the results, duty ethics can lead to “actions that reduce overall happiness in the world” (Duty, 2014). Nevertheless, duty ethics focuses on “doing the right thing, for the right reason” (Duty, 2014). The basis of duty ethics can be applied to situations in order to determine ethical issues. Applying Duty Ethics An emphasis on doing the right things for the right reasons can help apply duty ethics to situations. Ethical issues are raised against Mattel Inc. and impact the entire corporation including employees, stakeholders, and the public’s perception. Additionally, the Mattel case suggests that the “multinational corporation treated employees unfairly” (Sethi, et al., 2011). Two specific ethical issues are the unsafe working environments in numerous factories, and the excessive hours employees are forced to work.
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