29 March 2014
Business Ethics Development
The cultural context influences organizational ethics
Top managers also influence ethics
The combined influence of culture and top management influence organizational ethics and ethical behaviors.
The Evolving Context for Ethics
From domestic where ethics are shared
To international where ethics are not shared when companies:
Make assumptions that ethics are the same
Ethical absolutism—they adapt to us
Ethical relativism—we adapt to them
To global which requires an integrative approach to ethics
Emergence of a Global Business Ethics
Growing sense that responsibility for righting social wrongs belongs to all organizations
Growing business need for integrative mechanisms such as ethics
Ethics reduce operating uncertainties
Voluntary guidelines avoid government impositions
Ethical conduct is needed in an increasingly interdependent world—everyone in the same game
Companies wish to avoid problems and/or be good public citizens
Ways Companies Integrate Ethics
Top management commitment in word and deed
Company codes of ethics
Supply chain codes
Develop, monitor, enforce ethical behavior
Seek external assistance.
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