Business Ethics Review

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Business ethics considers the relationship between business and consumers, employers and
employees and between the enjoyment and globalisation. Business ethics most clearly has become
very important in recent years as people become more aware of moral responsibility. With business
now winning prestigious award to commend there business e.g. cooperative 2007 won for their
environmental friendliness. It is now more than ever important to be ethical in business to avoid
scandals and public scrutiny eg gap over child labour scandal. Business ethics most now be consider as
Anita Roddorick put is "being good is good business"
Things to consider when writing in the exam
Customers rights safety of products eg when nestle look their product to Africa after the US
had declared their product unsafe in order to gain profit
cases such as Nike over child labour and bbc programme concerning Primark and child labour
importance of consumers in making sure that business acts ethically
Whistle blowing and the employees' rights to speak over an issue
Considering the amount of waste made by a company
Effects of globalisation and transnational companies on poorer ones
Religious views
Religious views are some what practical and the main ethical teachings come from the biblical
In the new testament in Leviticus 19:13 argues that labourers should be paid a fair wage this
would mean that business ethics considers the importance of equality justice and fair wage in
a business
Exodus 20:13 in the bible further argues that we should not steal
And Jesus in the new testament argues that we should treat others how we would want to
be treated
Prophet Amos teaches about rich people unfairly teaching the poor
The book of timothy argues that money is the root to all evil
Proverbs teaches that we should not just acclimate wealth for no reason and we should work
for our money

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And the book of Matthew teaches that we cannot serve both God and money
Different religious sector take different view e.g. Protestant takes an individualist approach.
Protestants have a very individual approach and focus on people being brought forward to
their purpose e.g. a business man could be praised for his charity with the community and
there also saw capitalism as bad causing social inequalities.…read more

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Act and rule strong and weak Unitarianism would have different things to say when
considering the environment and the use of fair trade and child labour
A qualified employee would have to give up his job if it meant that the business would
An farmer would have to give up his land if it meant that the community would be most likely
to benefit from a the building of a dam
Kantian ethics
As the categorical imperative requires a person to act in a…read more

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