Why People / Organizations Act Ethically?

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Why People / Organizations Act Ethically?
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....Sign up

To Be or not to Be.. That is the Question!
Mary R Brooks
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 bu...Sign up

Martin Heltai
To address the original question: fundamentally we behave ethically because the fabric of successful community cultures is based on the fragile thr...Sign up

Ethics Line
Henry Egidius, Consultant, Sweden, Member
When I was writing my book on ethics and profession (unfortunately available only in Swedish: "Etik och profession"), available from January 2011, I w...Sign up

Why Should People Act Ethically?
Jean Pauyo
The question is why should people behave ethically if they can get away with non ethical behaviors. I think Adam Smith before he was an economi...Sign up

Why Should People Act Ethically
Bruce Halvax
There is an old proverb: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". To me this says it all. This is similar to the concept of Karma....Sign up

Re: Why Should People Act Ethically
Doug Wilsman
It is much easier to act in an ethical manner when there is a benefit to you as well as to the group. Laissez-faire economic policy does not al...Sign up

Why Does Someone Act Ethically?
Guillermina Galicia Galicia, Analyst, Mexico, Member
It is a way to get credibility in society, however, nobody is obliged to carry it out. To do this, some companies have built and released a Sign up

Adaptation of Ethics is Not Universal
Hans-Guenter Lindner
Ethics is not universal. Ethics is dependent on culture and situation. Therefore all arguments about behaving ethically are redundant if ethics...Sign up

Why Does Someone Act Ethically?
Kirk C. Heriot, Professor, United States, Member
Some of the comments in this thread suggest the "actor" is thinking ethically a priori (before their action). I think people act in their own self-...Sign up

Sense of Ethics Comes From Sense of Connctivity
Hareesh Ramachandran, Coach, India, Member
Before I put my perspective about ethics, let me first state a fact that, at least in the business world people strictly act in their best interest...Sign up

Ethics is an Intangible Characteristic
Anna hanooman, ICT Consultant, Trinidad and Tobago, Member
Ethics is very intangible and subjective, because we are all capable of having difference in opinions. True we are all subject to the knowledge...Sign up

Why Does Someone Act Ethically
GS RADJOU, CEO, France, Member
I think, ethics gives a kind of vision to see issue in depth, widely and on a long horizon line. So, one can advise, subjugate, exchange face t...Sign up

Ethics Increases the Customer Loyalty
Jorge Arrieta S, Manager, Colombia, Member
People have to act under ethical principals because it helps to build a better business environment. Companies have to do more than wishing that the p...Sign up

Ethics Does not Have a Unique Interpretation
Bruno Perboni, Consultant, Italy, Member
I would extend the comment of Hans-Guenter Lindner: different people have different ethics, so that my interpretation of an ethical behavior co...Sign up

Ethics Are the Way to Success
Martin Gonzalez de Prada, Accountant, Argentina, Member
I think ethics must rule our entire lives, both in business as in personal life. it is the only way of success....Sign up

Ethics Crucial for Business Success
Helen Ngo
Ethical acting in business context is to develop and maintain a course of actions that minimizes risks, both personal risks and corporate risks. Accor...Sign up

Why People Behave Ethically
John Muiruri Makuno, Project Manager, Kenya, Member
It is in the best interest for a company to behave ethically at all times. This expands the company's business. Though in the short term a company may...Sign up

Ethics in Business and Elswhere
George Ayton
It may well be that underlying all the multi-syllabic rhetoric on the subject, that ethics is exhibited by those wanting to appear ethical for ...Sign up

Why People Behave Ethically..
Penyweit, Director, United States, Member
One reason most act ethically:
It will benefit them short term or long term.
I believe you must have a core belief and a guide, eithe...Sign up

Why Does Someone Act Ethically?
Rafael Angel Calvo Arguedas, Consultant, Costa Rica, Member
Most likely, he was raised in a family environment that pursued ethical standards.
I believe that we are all the result of our interaction...Sign up

Ethics is an Excuse, Most Everyone Knows Right from Wrong
Not to be moral, or to be more amoral is the purpose of ethics:
- (used with a singular or plural verb) a system of moral principles: the ...Sign up

Values of CEO
Guerrero de Luna
I think the vision of the business is linked to the CEO and management vision, values and ethics.
If they don´t have a systemic view of th...Sign up

Ethics and Bible
Lynn Hoover, Analyst, United States, Member
I believe the bible has a lot to say about ethics - behavior. This book has lasted centuries and still has the message that can transform lives and be...Sign up

Ethics - Starting Point?
Joe Kolinger, Management Consultant, United States, Member
Ethics starts with the question “Who is God?”
If we believe in a creator God who is personal and has a will and purpose for every person, ...Sign up

Why Does Someone Act Ethically?
Jafeth Quintanilla, Teacher, Peru, Member
Ethics is not a cake from which one cuts the piece that one wants to its convenience. Ethics shape the acting of man as a person. It is the man...Sign up

A View of Ethics
Michael Del-Colle
Ethics is a matter of self interest. It is not always altruistic as some might believe or wish.
The self interest may be defined by spi...Sign up

Ethics is What we Truly are
Jay Lo, Partner, Taiwan, Member
Ethics comes from one's core values. It is what we truly are. If we deviate from our core values, we cannot find true happiness....Sign up

Ethic Makes our Life Easier
Mangue Tang
Ethic is a method to simplify our social relationship, which can let us know what we should do and what we shouldn't.
It is like culture a...Sign up

Current Ethics is Unethical
Edgar Avila
Ethics, such as reasoning and moral action, have been gradually abandoned in the formation and construction of subjects in the constitut...Sign up

The Foundation of Businesses is Ethics
Jackie Yeoh, Manager, Malaysia, Member
Ethics should be our way of life. It should be the core foundation of all businesses....Sign up

Ethis = Culture + Scenery (Environment)
Tajul Asyran
Ethics is a culture plus scenery. What should I do? Or what could I do? These questions can be answered after we learn to know who our public o...Sign up

Ethics is the Foundation of Business
I totally agree with Jackie Yeoh, we should live our life with ethics. According to me ethics makes our life better and easier.
It increases trus...Sign up

Ethics - Why Does Someone Act Ethically
Srinivasan, Manager, India, Member
Ethical act is a good attitude for the long term and even the law is designed with the basic principle of ethics and has logical reasoning for ...Sign up

Ethics in Business
Upali Gamakumara
Ethics is an attitude that depends on the way one looks at things, with no absolute frame of reference. People who ridicule ethics of others do...Sign up

Ethics is Natural
Bongani L. Nkosi-Dlamini , Student (MBA), South Africa, Member
My late brother used to say "Come back to mother earth". Sometimes we have to let nature take its cause, stand back and let the ball roll on it...Sign up

Why Does Someone Act Ethically?
Kazenieli William Msemo
Acting ethically is the most rational thing to do. Ethics demand adherence to; they need to be complied with. Where ethics are laid down or imp...Sign up

We need Role Models
Much has been said about ethics and its practices. But in today's world when it comes to quoting people who are really implementing it, there seems to...Sign up

Common and Relative Ethics
juan salinas, Consultant, Spain, Member
Sometimes we talk about ethics as a bundle of concepts fully agreed and understood, but I agree with some opinion regarding it as a mix of personal an...Sign up

Ethical Dilemmas
Abdirisak Ahmed Hassan, Student (University), Somalia, Member
Ethics has to do with the standards of behavior that people follow: what is right and what is wrong. People act ethically when they tell the truth eve...Sign up

Civilization is Based on Ethics
Bantwal Prabhu, Teacher, India, Member
The foundation of civilization is based on ethics and therefore if society has to survive in the future it has to nurture ethics in all walks o...Sign up

Ethical Hypocrisy?
juan salinas, Consultant, Spain, Member
How comes that while most of us are agreeing on the convenience of being ethical, it happens that our world is full of injustice because of ...Sign up

Why Ethics!
Madan Gopal Agarwal, Business Consultant, India, Member
Fundamentally, ethics (or lack of it) emanates from the upbringing one gets from parents / family plus from the internalisation of the educa...Sign up

Ethics as a Personal Value
angel perez, Teacher, Venezuela, Member
Maybe our environments could change some of behavioral individual patters, however each of us come to life with an ethics archetype that is com...Sign up

Why Ethical Behavior?
It's a way to survive without problems....Sign up

Fractal Behavior / Thinking
Mario de Obaldia
Even with the prospect of a semantic war, it is clear that we no longer have access, universally, to what the term 'ethics' once may have embodied.Sign up

Why People / Organizations Act Ethically
Richard S. Dillard
I'd like to suggest that acting ethically is in our own "best" self-interest, and that's why people (and organizations) ought to act ethically. But wh...Sign up

Many Ethics
Lucio Emilio do Espirito Santo Junior
In fact, there are a lot of ethics. Everybody follows one: a hedonist ethic, leading to egotism, a protestant one, an altruistic ethic, etc....Sign up

Ethical Behavior is Rewarded
James Akortsu, United Kingdom, Member
Ethics depend on the environment in which one finds itself. People / businesses act ethically because they believe in a natural justice. Behavi...Sign up

Why Organizations Act Ethically?
Leodegardo M. Pruna, Professor, Philippines, Member
People behave they do because they were created in the image and likeness of God.
God is all good and people will tend to gravitate to the good.<...Sign up

Driving Force of Business is Money, NOT Ethics
Bantwal Prabhu, Teacher, India, Member
Pruna is absolutely right in an ideal world, but in the real world money is God and God is money, the the driving force is not ethics but somet...Sign up

Ethics versus God / No God
I agree with Mr. Pruna but the following question arises in my mind... When it comes to ethics, for believers, God seems to be the most ethical entity...Sign up

Businesses Require Ethics
In each of us the sense of good and ethics exists. Whatever the faith, ethics is anchored in us and it urges us to act in a way which is good.<...Sign up

Organizations Require Good Governance and Code of Ethics
There is the compelling need for organizations and individuals to act ethically if they truly want to remain competitive. Good ethical behaviour can n...Sign up

Ethics Versus God / No God..
Richard S. Dillard
Building off of what Pruna, Prabhu, Aparajita, et al. have positioned, a good article on the subject of god, goodness, ethics, morality, etc., from an...Sign up

Ethical Principle
vilmar bueno silva
I believe that acting ethically depends on the stage of development of the society considered. We will see societies acting on ethical principl...Sign up

Why Organizations Act Ethically?
Jafeth Quintanilla, Teacher, Peru, Member
In fact many organizations act guided by economic interests rather than by principles and ethical and moral values.
But this way of acting...Sign up

Why People, Individuals or Groups, Should Act Ethically
David VanderMeulen
As Pruna mentions, we are all made in image and likeness of God. As such, we are wise to follow any and all guidelines that reflect the nature ...Sign up

Should You Be Ethical?
Lin Moyo, Consultant, South Africa, Member
A woman was once to be stoned by a mob (Editor: ~crowd) who had caught her red handed in a crime that, by right, should have caused her to receive wha...Sign up

Reason for Acting in an Ethical Way
Donald Tang
Ethics is not doing things against your conscience. All people have their own conscience, but it can be in different varieties and levels....Sign up

Why Behave Ethical?
Bismark O. Del Villar, Partner, United States, Member
Behavior rewarded > behavior repeated!
People and organizations act ethically when it's in their clear financial interest, and they don't ...Sign up

Reason versus Emotion in Ethics
What is the basis of ethics - reason or emotions? Or is it a confluence of both?
Several theorists have expressed their opinions. For instance Sign up

Why People Act Ethically
Henry Egidius, Consultant, Sweden, Member
The point I make in my coming book ethics and professionalism (Etik och Profession) is that ethical behavior is but one of many types of interaction b...Sign up

Why People Act Ethically
Bongani L. Nkosi-Dlamini , Student (MBA), South Africa, Member
If you haven't worked in different countries, met people of different cultures, forced to learn, and speak different languages to give i...Sign up

Ethics Cannot Exist Without...
Musiyandaka Donna, Student (University), Zimbabwe, Member
I believe ethics have to do with the rules of order defined by a society - do you conform/align or not? Being unethical is about introducing so...Sign up

Why Ethics!
Madan Gopal Agarwal, Business Consultant, India, Member
Hi Musiyandaka, to me ethics or any other higher order thinking faculty has more to with one's state of mind which is strongly influenced by on...Sign up

Why Ethics and Why People Act That or Other Way??
Madan Gopal Agarwal, Business Consultant, India, Member
Hi Henry Egdius, a happy new year 2011 and my compliments on writing a book on such a fundamental subject which can change the human-kind.
...Sign up

Ethics and Consequences of Ethics
Leodegardo M. Pruna, Professor, Philippines, Member
Hi Musiyandaka, Ethics is what brings about "sense of order". Respecting and doing good to others are the consequences of ethics. And, s...Sign up

The Foundation of Ethics
mursal bashir
Ethics is closely linked to value, honesty, trust and a host of other virtues which are rooted in the culture in which the individual was nurtu...Sign up

Acting Ethically
Tarek Kazma
Acting ethically reflects the personality and behavior of each individual wether performing in a society or in a working environment. But I say that e...Sign up

Acting Ethically
Kirk C. Heriot, Professor, United States, Member
It would be nice to believe everyone / each organization is ethical. However it is foolish in my opinion to believe that to be the case:
-...Sign up

Professional Ethics for Youth
Bantwal Prabhu, Teacher, India, Member
Every nation lives in the future by the actions of the youth and hence their character and behavior decides the quality of life in terms of ethics. Th...Sign up

Ethical Basis is Faith and Beliefs
Bantwal Prabhu, Teacher, India, Member
People all over the world have different religions and faith and philosophies based on their beliefs.
These have not changed much during t...Sign up

Long Term Success is Based on Good Ethics
Bantwal Prabhu, Teacher, India, Member
In the future organizations who survive for more than ten years will have strong long term values based on ethics and not on profits. These org...Sign up

Foundational Values of Organizations
Jafeth Quintanilla, Teacher, Peru, Member
That is right Bantwal, regardless of religion, ethics is based on faith and beliefs. This generates in organizations foundational values or principles...Sign up

Personal Ethics
Stig Falster, Management Consultant, Australia, Member
I agree with the proponents of the concept of core vales. At the heart of ethical behavior is one's upbringing and resultant core values. It is...Sign up

Older Organizations
Mario de Obaldia
Bantwal - it seems presumptive to assign status of ethical to an organization based on an arbitrary number of years in existence. Inevitably nature, m...Sign up

Ethics, a Summary
Madan Gopal Agarwal, Business Consultant, India, Member
Mostly people seem to agree that ethics is good for individuals / organisations / societies / nations and so forth.
People also seem to agree tha...Sign up

Ethical Behaviour from Professionalism
Jackie Yeoh, Manager, Malaysia, Member
Almost everyone is a "professional" in his/her field. Apply your "professionalism" at all times, you have a an ethical behaviour consistent with your ...Sign up

Ethical Behavior from Professionalism
GS RADJOU, CEO, France, Member
Professional ethics is not a dream.
Architecture code is relevant. If professional workers don't reinforce the bricklaying, there is a risk to se...Sign up

Mario de Obaldia
Imagine! That is what we hear during our religious childhood - imagine, then believe, then we die. We are enthralled, excited, mystified, frigh...Sign up

Professional Ethics of Youth
Bantwal Prabhu, Teacher, India, Member
Today the developing countries are facing the problems of corruption owing to the lack of ethics in profession, business, politics, justice, police et...Sign up

Ethical Business, to Be or not to Be
Leodegardo M. Pruna, Professor, Philippines, Member
@Mary R Brooks: While it is really happening that "CASH" in a materialistic world seems to thrive in business transa...Sign up

Faith and Belief
Leodegardo M. Pruna, Professor, Philippines, Member
@Bantwal Prabhu: the ethical basis of professionalism is faith and belief. Faith is founded on moral values which ...Sign up

4 Universal Principles of Business Ethics
KRS Raman, Professor, India, Member
1. Client Autonomy
2. Non-maleficence (not causing harm)
3. Beneficence (doing good), and
4. Justice (Equality)
are four universal...Sign up

Ethics and Morality Revisited
Madan Gopal Agarwal, Business Consultant, India, Member
Ethics and Morality, often used interchangeably, need clear distinctive understanding. Also, it has nothing to do with any transaction, be it with cli...Sign up

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