Accenture takes very seriously its code of business ethics, corporate governance and compliance, and transparency of operations. Since public image is largely a result of company behavior, business ethics play a large role in determining public image since they determine behavior. It applies to all aspects of business conduct and is relevant to the conduct of individuals and entire organizations.
The responsibility for the consequences is often shared between these two roles, though there is some argument over the degree to which responsibility applies. Biological anthropologists today, Biological Anthropology and Ethics opens the door for discussions of ethical issues in professional life.
As long as there are producers out there like DeCoster – who seems to think of fines as merely another cost of doing business – I suspect the FDA’s efforts will be insufficient. David: That’ll be a short discussion then”, somebody commented when told we were doing a podcast on business and ethics.
This seems entirely rational, and has value to ethics in overcoming some to the problems inherent in binary systems of ethics – in which a consequence is labeled as good or bad without a sense of the degree of importance or impact. If you are a business owner I understand that you want to run your business the way you want.
Ethics can, and often does, evaluate the actions of the past – and while there may be some value in doing so (to judge and punish wrongdoers), its principle value is as a guide for actions to be taken in the future. This module explores business-society relations through the theories and practices of business ethics and social responsibility (BE&SR).