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Ethics is Universal, Flavor is Regional
Michael Cardy, Strategy Consultant, United States

I've worked in Africa, Europe, the middle east and yes, America. Ethics is a plumb line for moral character, ultimately individual in execution.
While one may work for an organization that holds a strong ethics code, I have seen and worked with individuals that exceed or ignore that code. Situational, cultural, personal pressures sway the line.
The danger comes when we have expectations based on our own ethics code, by which our customers, clients and partners do not prescribe to. Ethics then becomes a catalyst for change.

Mismatch in Organizational and Individual Ethics
Wendy Gregg, HR Consultant, Canada
Ethics can be a line in the sand created by an organization but are only effective when they are fully integrated into the beliefs and behaviours of the members of the organization. It is the mismatch between organizational and individual ethics that causes problems. We need to find that good fit between ourselves and the organizations with which we interact.

A Rough Truth on Ethics
Raffaele Iannuzzi, Professor, Italy
On this subject, I hold the thinking expressed by Benedict XVI in the "Caritas in Veritate": ethics is a matter of individual perspective. It is cannot be imposed by codes or micro-laws within companies.
Yes, sure, I don't want to sketch that it there exists no survival-level of ethics in individual and economic actions, but that is just a "minimum level", the difference is made by individual action.
And even when the discourse on ethics is so widespread, there is an absence of that in reality, it's like with love and friendship.
Although this perspective is so little attended, I strongly believe that the issues about capitalism are linked to structural modes of reproduction of this so complex phenomenon and, therefore, the way to view the crisis is as a form of renewing and even reshaping the capitalistic model of production.

Ethics are Universal but Differ per Region
Rudolph L. Boy, Student (University), Botswana
Definitely so, ethics are unique as one goes from one region to another. Ethics are what is determined more importantly by the society to be right and wrong.


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