Friday, December 29, 2006


According to Wikopedia; "Business ethics is a form of the art of applied ethics that examines ethical rules and principles within a commercial context, the various moral or ethical problems that can arise in a business setting, and any special duties or obligations that apply to persons who are engaged in commerce. "
Business ethics is a huge issue these days, and has become part of the required curriculum at business schools. Most religions outline rules to follow in a business setting. While it is relatively simple to know the legal aspects of business, ethics is not always so clear cut.
There are many resources and discussions available. The Markuta Center for Applied Ethics of the University of Santa Clara has a page of links for organizations both nationwide and international.
Business is not just about making a profit. Ethics in business, as in life, are an extremely important part of human existence.


At 11:42 AM, Anonymous Dehumidifiers said...

What a lot of people don't realize is that business ethics is about being a business that follows the rules and regulations to protect itself from liability. It is not about being a good person. In fact if we simply ask a company to act as good people it rewards the companies who do not act as good by reducing their competition.

At 7:35 PM, Blogger joel said...

Thank you for your comments. Liability is an important consideration not always mentioned in the same breath as ethics.

At 6:50 AM, Blogger montevideana said...

Joel, I just found your blog by chance. I'm a librarian in Montevideo, Uruguay, and I found many of your thoughts on ethics very familiar.

Congratulations on this wonderful blog, and happy holidays!


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