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Jean Pauyo
There are two main perspectives on why people (or businesses) act ethically: 1. The first one is on deontologic principle: one has to do what is right because that's good in it self. 2. The second reason people what is good is because of the long term benefit they of it (utilitarianism). We expect to be treated well so we treat other people well. Acting unethically is always a short term view. People who have short term perspective tend to act unethically. (...) Read more? Sign up for free

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  Mary R Brooks

To Be or not to Be.. That is the Question!

I travel round the world working and I have to say that ethics vary from business to business and particularly from country to country. Some businesses (oligopolies too!) suffer from cognitive dissonance when operating in another country where they cannot stop things like corruption. It will go against all of their own company ethics and in their own country but they understand that unless the country they are operating in, and the larger demographics, suffer from that set of ethics then they have to "put up and shut up" and it all comes down to cash again!

  Martin Heltai


To address the original question: fundamentally we (...)

  Henry Egidius, Consultant, Sweden

Ethics Line

When I was writing my book on ethics and professio (...)

  Jean Pauyo

Why Should People Act Ethically?

The question is why should people behave ethically (...)

  Bruce Halvax

Why Should People Act Ethically

There is an old proverb: "Do unto others as you wo (...)

  Doug Wilsman

Re: Why Should People Act Ethically

It is much easier to act in an ethical manner when (...)

  Guillermina Galicia Galicia, Analyst, Mexico

Why Does Someone Act Ethically?

It is a way to get credibility in society, however (...)

  Hans-Guenter Lindner

Adaptation of Ethics is Not Universal

Ethics is not universal. Ethics is dependent on cu (...)

  Kirk C. Heriot, Professor, United States

Why Does Someone Act Ethically?

Some of the comments in this thread suggest the "a (...)

  Hareesh Ramachandran, Coach, India

Sense of Ethics Comes From Sense of Connctivity

Before I put my perspective about ethics, let me f (...)

  Anna hanooman, ICT Consultant, Trinidad and Tobago

Ethics is an Intangible Characteristic

Ethics is very intangible and subjective, because (...)

  GS RADJOU, CEO, France

Why Does Someone Act Ethically

I think, ethics gives a kind of vision to see issu (...)

  Jorge Arrieta S, Manager, Colombia

Ethics Increases the Customer Loyalty

People have to act under ethical principals becaus (...)

  Bruno Perboni, Consultant, Italy

Ethics Does not Have a Unique Interpretation

I would extend the comment of Hans-Guenter Lindner (...)

  Martin Gonzalez de Prada, Accountant, Argentina

Ethics Are the Way to Success

I think ethics must rule our entire lives, both in (...)

  Helen Ngo

Ethics Crucial for Business Success

Ethical acting in business context is to develop a (...)

  John Muiruri Makuno

Why People Behave Ethically

It is in the best interest for a company to behave (...)

  George Ayton

Ethics in Business and Elswhere

It may well be that underlying all the multi-sylla (...)

  Penyweit, Director, United States

Why People Behave Ethically..

One reason most act ethically: It will benefit th (...)

  Rafael Angel Calvo Arguedas, Consultant, Costa Rica

Why Does Someone Act Ethically?

Most likely, he was raised in a family environment (...)


Ethics is an Excuse, Most Everyone Knows Right from Wrong

Not to be moral, or to be more amoral is the purpo (...)

  Guerrero de Luna

Values of CEO

I think the vision of the business is linked to th (...)

  Lynn Hoover

Ethics and Bible

I believe the bible has a lot to say about ethics (...)

  Joe Kolinger, Management Consultant, United States

Ethics - Starting Point?

Ethics starts with the question “Who is God?” If (...)

  Jafeth Quintanilla, Teacher, Peru

Why Does Someone Act Ethically?

Ethics is not a cake from which one cuts the piece (...)

  Michael Del-Colle

A View of Ethics

Ethics is a matter of self interest. It is not alw (...)

  Jay Lo, Partner, Taiwan

Ethics is What we Truly are

Ethics comes from one's core values. It is what we (...)

  Mangue Tang

Ethic Makes our Life Easier

Ethic is a method to simplify our social relations (...)

  Edgar Avila

Current Ethics is Unethical

Ethics, such as reasoning and moral action, have b (...)

  Jackie Yeoh, Manager, Malaysia

The Foundation of Businesses is Ethics

Ethics should be our way of life. It should be the (...)

  Tajul Asyran

Ethis = Culture + Scenery (Environment)

Ethics is a culture plus scenery. What should I do (...)


Ethics is the Foundation of Business

I totally agree with Jackie Yeoh, we should live o (...)

  Srinivasan, Manager, India

Ethics - Why Does Someone Act Ethically

Ethical act is a good attitude for the long term a (...)

  Upali Gamakumara

Ethics in Business

Ethics is an attitude that depends on the way one (...)

  Bongani L. Nkosi-Dlamini , Student (MBA), South Africa

Ethics is Natural

My late brother used to say "Come back to mother e (...)

  Kazenieli William Msemo

Why Does Someone Act Ethically?

Acting ethically is the most rational thing to do. (...)


We need Role Models

Much has been said about ethics and its practices. (...)

  juan salinas, Consultant, Spain

Common and Relative Ethics

Sometimes we talk about ethics as a bundle of conc (...)

  Abdirisak Ahmed Hassan, Student (University), Somalia

Ethical Dilemmas

Ethics has to do with the standards of behavior th (...)

  Bantwal Prabhu, Teacher, India

Civilization is Based on Ethics

The foundation of civilization is based on ethics (...)

  juan salinas, Consultant, Spain

Ethical Hypocrisy?

How comes that while most of us are agreeing on th (...)

  Madan Gopal Agarwal, Business Consultant, India

Why Ethics!

Fundamentally, ethics (or lack of it) emanates fro (...)

  angel perez, Teacher, Venezuela

Ethics as a Personal Value

Maybe our environments could change some of behavi (...)


Why Ethical Behavior?

It's a way to survive without problems. (...)

  Mario de Obaldia

Fractal Behavior / Thinking

Even with the prospect of a semantic war, it is cl (...)

  Richard S. Dillard

Why People / Organizations Act Ethically

I'd like to suggest that acting ethically is in ou (...)

  Lucio Emilio do Espirito Santo Junior

Many Ethics

In fact, there are a lot of ethics. Everybody foll (...)

  James Akortsu, United Kingdom

Ethical Behavior is Rewarded

Ethics depend on the environment in which one find (...)

  Leodegardo M. Pruna, Professor, Philippines

Why Organizations Act Ethically?

People behave they do because they were created in (...)

  Bantwal Prabhu, Teacher, India

Driving Force of Business is Money, NOT Ethics

Pruna is absolutely right in an ideal world, but i (...)


Ethics versus God / No God

I agree with Mr. Pruna but the following question (...)


Businesses Require Ethics

In each of us the sense of good and ethics exists. (...)


Organizations Require Good Governance and Code of Ethics

There is the compelling need for organizations and (...)

  Richard S. Dillard

Ethics Versus God / No God..

Building off of what Pruna, Prabhu, Aparajita, et (...)

  vilmar bueno silva

Ethical Principle

I believe that acting ethically depends on the sta (...)

  Jafeth Quintanilla, Teacher, Peru

Why Organizations Act Ethically?

In fact many organizations act guided by economic (...)

  David VanderMeulen

Why People, Individuals or Groups, Should Act Ethically

As Pruna mentions, we are all made in image and li (...)

  Lin Moyo, Consultant, South Africa

Should You Be Ethical?

A woman was once to be stoned by a mob (Editor: ~c (...)

  Donald Tang

Reason for Acting in an Ethical Way

Ethics is not doing things against your conscience (...)

  Bismark O. Del Villar, Partner, United States

Why Behave Ethical?

Behavior rewarded > behavior repeated! People and (...)


Reason versus Emotion in Ethics

What is the basis of ethics - reason or emotions? (...)

  Henry Egidius, Consultant, Sweden

Why People Act Ethically

The point I make in my coming book ethics and prof (...)

  Bongani L. Nkosi-Dlamini , Student (MBA), South Africa

Why People Act Ethically

If you haven't worked in different countries, met (...)

  Musiyandaka Donna, Student (University), Zimbabwe

Ethics Cannot Exist Without...

I believe ethics have to do with the rules of orde (...)

  Madan Gopal Agarwal, Business Consultant, India

Why Ethics!

Hi Musiyandaka, to me ethics or any other higher o (...)

  Madan Gopal Agarwal, Business Consultant, India

Why Ethics and Why People Act That or Other Way??

Hi Henry Egdius, a happy new year 2011 and my comp (...)

  Leodegardo M. Pruna, Professor, Philippines

Ethics and Consequences of Ethics

Hi Musiyandaka, Ethics is what brings about "sense (...)

  mursal bashir

The Foundation of Ethics

Ethics is closely linked to value, honesty, trust (...)

  Tarek Kazma

Acting Ethically

Acting ethically reflects the personality and beha (...)

  Kirk C. Heriot, Professor, United States

Acting Ethically

It would be nice to believe everyone / each organi (...)

  Bantwal Prabhu, Teacher, India

Professional Ethics for Youth

Every nation lives in the future by the actions of (...)

  Bantwal Prabhu, Teacher, India

Ethical Basis is Faith and Beliefs

People all over the world have different religions (...)

  Bantwal Prabhu, Teacher, India

Long Term Success is Based on Good Ethics

In the future organizations who survive for more t (...)

  Jafeth Quintanilla, Teacher, Peru

Foundational Values of Organizations

That is right Bantwal, regardless of religion, eth (...)

  Stig Falster, Management Consultant, Australia

Personal Ethics

I agree with the proponents of the concept of core (...)

  Mario de Obaldia

Older Organizations

Bantwal - it seems presumptive to assign status of (...)

  Madan Gopal Agarwal, Business Consultant, India

Ethics, a Summary

Mostly people seem to agree that ethics is good fo (...)

  Jackie Yeoh, Manager, Malaysia

Ethical Behaviour from Professionalism

Almost everyone is a "professional" in his/her fie (...)

  GS RADJOU, CEO, France

Ethical Behavior from Professionalism

Professional ethics is not a dream. Architecture (...)

  Mario de Obaldia


Imagine! That is what we hear during our religious (...)

  Bantwal Prabhu, Teacher, India

Professional Ethics of Youth

Today the developing countries are facing the prob (...)

  Leodegardo M. Pruna, Professor, Philippines

Ethical Business, to Be or not to Be

@: While it is really happening that "CASH" in a m (...)

  Leodegardo M. Pruna, Professor, Philippines

Faith and Belief

@: the ethical basis of professionalism is faith (...)

  K R Sethuraman, Professor, Malaysia

4 Universal Principles of Business Ethics

1. Client Autonomy 2. Non-maleficence (not causin (...)

  Madan Gopal Agarwal, Business Consultant, India

Ethics and Morality Revisited

Ethics and Morality, often used interchangeably, n (...)

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