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From Paul Michael
Chapter 9 Ethics and Globalization brings up points about making the separation of
developed and underdeveloped nations and how what works here will work there. Global
ethics come in to play when you base your ethical standards on cultural and social norms.
Global ethics has 2 sides, those who support it argue that it is bringing improvements to the
standard of living, and those who argue against say it is promoting the dark side of capitalism
to the global stage. A lot of those who argue against generally oppose using the child
workforce for labor, but fail to realize that the income that this child brings in may required
Chapter 10 making it stick: Doing what’s Right in a competitive market. One of the main
things that stood out to me in this chapter is making it sustainable don’t come in use up all
resources and leave. Also have someone in your company hired to just do Ethics. Also
celebrate Ethical behavior from your employees, and punish people who fail to follow your
standard. Once you have someone in place that can Identify business ethics it allows you to
understand what is unethical. Also an Ethics Officer can make sure things are transparent and
all stakeholders have a feel of what’s going on. Establishing a code of Ethics can do several
Capture what the organization understands as ethical behavior-Value Statement
Establish acceptable behavior
Situation specific policies and behavior
Document punishment for those who violate.
All of these things will bring you to a proactive approach, which means you are open and
honest with all stakeholders. I think these last two chapters really brought the entire texts
together and brought me to a clearer understanding of Business ethics and how you can
categorize behavior based on actions and organizational integrity.
From Taylor Franks
Chapter nine covered challenges that organizations face in moving forward with global
ethics. Something that I thought was very interesting, and have never paid much attention to
is the negative impact that corporations have on countries; especially those who are not as
developed as the one that we live in. Sometimes we get caught up in our own bubble, that we
(I) forget there are still developing countries. There are so many factors that you have to take
into consideration, that I forget the challenge it would be to govern that. And, then, how can
you enforce policies to combat the impact on different countries? Just the nature of different
languages, customs and cultures is alone a challenge. The mantra "what works here works
there" can definitely get corporations in trouble because that is, in fact, not the case. Just the
example given of the Coca-Cola translation in China is a drop in the bucket of challenges
corporations could face. They spent a ton of money on signage, they realized that it translated
to "bite the wax tadpole" or "female horse stuffed with wax" depending on the dialect. Just an
interesting example of how things can be so different from one place to another and just
because it works here, does not mean it will work there.
Chapter ten examined the big-picture of maintaining these ethical issues. Making sure that
corporations have a code of ethics established is a must. Then, making sure that code is
implemented, communicated and followed, is incredibly important. Sustainable ethics is the
key component to all of this. Making sure that what corporations put together and implement
is continuously improved. Corporations need to make sure that they are continually
evaluating where they are doing business. Are there any questionable practices that need to
be addressed. Are all employees aware of the code of ethics and is the training up to par. Are
there any new customs or practices, changes with host country, that we need to be aware of?
This will be something that never ends and will always need updating.
From Corinne Mwengwe
Chapter 9 which about Ethics and Globalization, describes globalization as a process of
increasing connection and interdependence of relationships across the world, in which
cultural, moral, political, and economic activities in one part of the world have significant
effects in other parts of the world. This has an impact on economy, environment, psychology,
in terms of a greater sense of global connection. Although less developed nation has a lack in
the social, economic and technological infrastructure of developed nation, both less and
developed nations are all perusing the same goal of maximum profits with minimum costs.
With the differences in culture, the Richard DeGeorge guideline and Un Global compact,
help to facilitate the business in the host country as they focus on: Human rights, Labor
standards, Environment and Anti-corruption. With globalization, doing business in host
country, made me think about the Golden rule (do unto others as you would have them do
unto you). The organizations must commit to the ethical business conduct, follow the
procedures and policies with the ethical relativism in the host country as investing their
business will profitable for themselves and the host country.
Chapter 10 about Doing what is right in competitive market make me understand that
although the market is facing challenges with different characteristics like having demanding
customers, aggressive competitors, demanding creditors, aggressive vendors… requires to
create a solid code of ethics and hire someone with the necessary skills to be an ethical
officer. As guide in an organization, code of ethics cannot cover every possible event as the
true challenge comes when the company is facing an unethical situation. Sustainable ethics be
a company commitment to ethical behavior, it is an ethical behavior that persists long after a
public scandal or management buzz. Therefore, to make ethical behavior sustainable, it
requires the involvement of every member of the company to do what it’s right for the
company and the costumer’s satisfaction.
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