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Business Ethics. structure 1. Roleplay 2. Film 3. Bhopal information 4. Business Ethics – change in business 5. Ethics, Business Ethics, CSR 6. Is CSR.

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1 Business Ethics

2 structure 1. Roleplay 2. Film 3. Bhopal information 4. Business Ethics – change in business 5. Ethics, Business Ethics, CSR 6. Is CSR possible? commandments for business 8. Why should we change?

3 3. Bhopal information US company called Union Carbide Corporation moved to Bhopal (India) US company called Union Carbide Corporation moved to Bhopal (India)Union Carbide CorporationUnion Carbide Corporation They produced fertilizers and other chemical products They produced fertilizers and other chemical products They moved to India to reduce their production costs They moved to India to reduce their production costs Disaster happened on 3rd December 1984 (at night) Disaster happened on 3rd December 1984 (at night) The catastrophe happened because water got into a big tank of waste which produced a chemical reaction resulting in releasing toxic gas The catastrophe happened because water got into a big tank of waste which produced a chemical reaction resulting in releasing toxic gas The gas can cause death, blindness, cancer and other diseases The gas can cause death, blindness, cancer and other diseases 3787 people died immediately 3787 people died immediately died within the next 72 hours died within the next 72 hours during the next weeks during the next weeks were disabled were disabled Recent findings show that over people have suffered in different way because of this catastrophe Recent findings show that over people have suffered in different way because of this catastrophe

4 traditional business greed (fault) greed (fault) money (value) money (value) maximal profit maximal profit polluted environment polluted environment the growing gap between the poor and the rich the growing gap between the poor and the rich socially reponsible business (virtue) thirst of knowledge (virtue) thirst of knowledgemoderationgenerosityJUSTICE (value) stakeholders (value) stakeholders enougth profit human rights clear environment clear environment growing middle class growing middle class

5 5. Ethics, Business Ethics, CSR ETHIC is the study of morality. Morality consist of: ethical principles, values and personal examples. BUSINESS ETHICS is " ethics as it applies to business. Business ethics is the study of what constitutes right and wrong, or good and bad, human conduct in a business context." (William H. Shaw) ETHIC is the study of morality. Morality consist of: ethical principles, values and personal examples. BUSINESS ETHICS is " ethics as it applies to business. Business ethics is the study of what constitutes right and wrong, or good and bad, human conduct in a business context." (William H. Shaw)

6 CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) most commonly known concept of business ethics. "CSR is about all the ways in which a company relates to society: from purchasing to product disposal, from human resources to human rights. Philanthropy and image are therefore peripheral- social responsibility is about how companies operate, how they exploit resources and markets, how they make money and even how much money they make. It is about how employees are treated, the extent to which a company insist on standards in the supply chain, the way directors behave with governments around the world, and how seriously they are striving to reduce their company's impact on climate change and other environmental issues." (Roger Cowe) CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) most commonly known concept of business ethics. "CSR is about all the ways in which a company relates to society: from purchasing to product disposal, from human resources to human rights. Philanthropy and image are therefore peripheral- social responsibility is about how companies operate, how they exploit resources and markets, how they make money and even how much money they make. It is about how employees are treated, the extent to which a company insist on standards in the supply chain, the way directors behave with governments around the world, and how seriously they are striving to reduce their company's impact on climate change and other environmental issues." (Roger Cowe)

7 6. Is CSR possible? Most companies realize that they should act in a socially responsible way. Unfortunately, they treat it very superficially, mainly as a part of PR. Most companies realize that they should act in a socially responsible way. Unfortunately, they treat it very superficially, mainly as a part of PR.

8 Ethical ActivitiesUnethical activities Employees “fair company” further education programmes health programmes Employees very low wages discrimination against coloured people Society Sport programmes in schools Partnership with soccer organisation Coca Cola Foundation Society several scandals Example: poisoned water from the tap

9 7. 10 commandments for business people 1. Be honest, trustful and sincere! 2. Money is not your God! Profit is not your only aim! 3. You shall respect everyone’s dignity! 4. Love your employees, your customers and all stakeholders! 5. Always be fair: Demonstrate a commitment to justice, with equal treatment of all! 6. Care for others when you are in charge! 7. All humans are equal no matter of their gender, race, sexual orientation or beliefs! 8. Be responsible for natural environment! 9. Don’t cheat on your company! 10. Always act to protect sustainability!

10 8. Why should we change? environmental pollution environmental pollution clearing of rainforest  climate change clearing of rainforest  climate change  globalization makes it dangerous to all of us  globalization makes it dangerous to all of us polluted rivers

11  save living spaces for animals  protect animals from die-off

12  save humans and their health

13 growing poverty growing poverty  about 30,000 people die daily from causes that are related to poverty  about 30,000 people die daily from causes that are related to poverty  the gap between rich and poor is increasing rapidly

14 Defence of Socrates by Plato: “Virtue doesn´t come from money but money comes from virtue as well as other goods both public and private.”


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