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Ethics In Business

By April Karter

Ethics in business is a central constituent of business practice today. Irrespective of the fact that the concept of business ethics varies from one business to another or from one industry to the next, the general ethical expectations from the business practitioner both by the customers and other businesses whether competitors or not are rather homogenous. In effect, ethics in business are greatly grounded both on the moral and legal principles and greatly shaped by the environmental expectations of the business due to the ever increasing need for good reputation for competitiveness. Despite the fact that observing business ethics is not autonomous, it is a necessity in business today because it can not only have great cost on the part of the business in terms of lost reputation but also stern legal penalties if an organization is found guilty of infringing business ethics (Garry, 2009) . However, in global business today, ethics in business continues to be diluted by business practitioners as competition intensifies coupled with the ever increasing need to make money or rather putting the profitability concern before ethics and morals. Pragmatically, ethics in business context is rather a diverse phenomenon and which involves series of ethical decision-making. This paper therefore provides an insight on the issue of business ethics, explain social responsibility in the contexts of business ethics and discusses the varied approaches to ethical decision making in business.
What is Business ethics?
According to Garry (2009), business ethics basically refers to the morally desired or legally prescribed code of behavior that an organization member adheres to and which dictates/ guides the business actions and activity in its day to day interaction with the environment in which is exists. As such, business ethics refers to the business behavior and actions towards the customers as well as other business within and without the industry the latter of which greatly tone up the interpersonal relationship between them (Manuel, 2005). Irrespective of the fact that the business ethics concepts and laws may differ among business inclusion, the degree of complexity and application of business ethics principle the underlying factor behind business ethics is mutually accepted code of conduct in the business world the latter of which shape business interpersonal relations i.e. customer -business relationships and business – to – business relations.
As a matter of facts, existence is healthy of such relationships and which are greatly grounded on the existence of good business ethics that are critical for good business and success. In effect therefore, the need for ethics in business cannot be overemphasized. In fact, business ethics do not only ensure good relationships and interactions between the business and the world in general but they also help institute good relationships and guided interactions between the business and individual customers the latter of which yields great business success (Serenko & Bontis, 2009). According to Alan (2001), although individuals have tended to idealize business ethics as a rather complex phenomenon, the fact is that ethics in business ranges from the minute things that many business practitioners tends to overlook such as refraining customers exploitation, being just to the firms human resources, deforestation in search of business raw materials to complex form of business ethics represented in legal statutes such as which governs advertising
Due to lack of ethics or what is often referred to as bad business, scores of organization have gotten a bad name or rather bad reputation by the virtue of being in unethical business. One of the major reasons why many of these businesses are engaging in unethical practices is barely the big greed for money thus disregarding and failing to abide by the business moral and legal doctrines or what can be regarded as pure capitalism (Serenko & Bontis, 2009). Although making money and craving for high level of profitability is inherent and health for a rational business, the manner in which some business carry out their activities or behave points lack of morals, business ethics, and often leads to disrepute; the latter of which can cost the organization both in terms of customers loss or attract a fine if the organization is legally convicted of such ethics breach. While endeavoring to increase profitability therefore, it is important for businesses to well understand that ethical standard or good business is critical. Furthermore, the business environment continues to grow in competition every other day. As business attempt to outdo each other in the market place, ethics in business have been greatly compromised. For instance, current trends in marketing exhibited by comparative advertising, business sabotage, uses of sex in advertising, and use of vividly immoral advertisements to sell brands are examples of steadily deteriorating ethics in business. As a result, the unethical practices in the business today trickle to the great concern and craving to make more money as well as the great drive for increasing profitability.

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Karter, April "Ethics In Business." Ethics In Business. 26 Jun. 2010. 29 Mar 2015 <>.

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