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    Do businesses have any ethical responsibilities, beyond obeying the law?

    Do you believe that it's possible for a business to behave unethically even while acting within the bounds of the law? Or do you believe that as long as they're following the letter of the law they've fulfilled all of their responsibilities to society?

    The reason I ask this is because whenever someone on this forum points out a perceived ethical lapse of a corporation, there is a certain contingent of posters who invariably feel the need to chime in with "They're a private business, they can do what they want." This leads me to believe that some people think that legality and ethics are one and the same, and that businesses are morally justified in screwing over the public as much as possible as long as they obey the law.
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    Re: Do businesses have any ethical responsibilities, beyond obeying the law?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Do you believe that businesses can behave unethically even while acting within the bounds of the law? Or do you believe that as long as they're following the letter of the law they've fulfilled all of their responsibilities to society?

    The reason I ask this is because whenever someone on this forum points out a perceived ethical lapse of a corporation, there is a certain contingent of posters who invariably feel the need to chime in with "They're a private business, they can do what they want" as though anyone was arguing otherwise. This leads me to believe that some people think that legality and ethics are one and the same, and that businesses are morally justified in screwing over the public as much as possible, as long as they obey the law.
    I think they are justified with acting within the law. Of course we can always change the law... but that shouldn't be done, except if what they are doing is causing problems. But thats why we have regulation and such things.

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    Re: Do businesses have any ethical responsibilities, beyond obeying the law?

    I think they're required to do whatever will best serve their shareholders within the confines of the law. In many cases, that means that they should do additional "ethical" things so as to win good publicity and avoid criticism/lawsuits. I don't think there are really ethical obligations beyond that.
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    Re: Do businesses have any ethical responsibilities, beyond obeying the law?

    I voted yes for many look at companies policies. For instance I seldom shop Wal Mart and almost never buy Pepsico products, I also avoid tyson. I try not to shop at Home depot either.

    One of the sources I use is the AFA

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    Re: Do businesses have any ethical responsibilities, beyond obeying the law?

    Quote Originally Posted by ptif219 View Post
    I voted yes for many look at companies policies. For instance I seldom shop Wal Mart and almost never buy Pepsico products, I also avoid tyson. I try not to shop at Home depot either.

    One of the sources I use is the AFA
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    Re: Do businesses have any ethical responsibilities, beyond obeying the law?

    Quote Originally Posted by ptif219 View Post
    I voted yes for many look at companies policies. For instance I seldom shop Wal Mart and almost never buy Pepsico products, I also avoid tyson. I try not to shop at Home depot either.

    One of the sources I use is the AFA

    The people working at the Wall Mart pharmacy I go to have gone beyond the call of duty for me.

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    Re: Do businesses have any ethical responsibilities, beyond obeying the law?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Do you believe that it's possible for a business to behave unethically even while acting within the bounds of the law? Or do you believe that as long as they're following the letter of the law they've fulfilled all of their responsibilities to society?

    The reason I ask this is because whenever someone on this forum points out a perceived ethical lapse of a corporation, there is a certain contingent of posters who invariably feel the need to chime in with "They're a private business, they can do what they want." This leads me to believe that some people think that legality and ethics are one and the same, and that businesses are morally justified in screwing over the public as much as possible as long as they obey the law.
    Of course ethics and legalities are separated.

    Anyone can function unethically while functioning within the confines of the law - which is why there's a code of conduct, ethics reforms, ethics committies and so on and so forth for businesses.
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    Re: Do businesses have any ethical responsibilities, beyond obeying the law?

    Quote Originally Posted by ptif219 View Post
    I voted yes for many look at companies policies. For instance I seldom shop Wal Mart and almost never buy Pepsico products, I also avoid tyson. I try not to shop at Home depot either.

    One of the sources I use is the AFA
    What is AFA?

    I think ethically businesses are responsible to their shareholders and maximizing their shareholders profit. They have no real particular ethical responsibility to society.
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    Re: Do businesses have any ethical responsibilities, beyond obeying the law?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    What is wrong with Pepsico?

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    Re: Do businesses have any ethical responsibilities, beyond obeying the law?

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    The people working at the Wall Mart pharmacy I go to have gone beyond the call of duty for me.
    I get the same at Target

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