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Ethics: Is About What We Do

2121 words - 9 pages

Ethical Integrity

Erica Mathis

SOC 120: Introduction to Ethics and Social Responsibility

Danielle Camacho

October 11, 2008

Not Long ago someone stated as we were talking about business matters and things that had happened, That “Integrity was being the same in the dark as you are in the light.” But just what is Ethical Integrity? Ethical Integrity is basically not betraying convictions or moral standards regardless of the consequence it may bring. In other words, don't lie to cover up something, because in the end one will end up telling more and more lies to cover for the ones already told. This becomes a problem and soon the person is caught up in a web of lies that ...view middle of the document...

Integrity in the workplace relates to employee commitment and loyalty. Employees in my opinion will be truly loyal when they believe their workplace has ethical practices. It is up to the leaders in workplace to ensure employees are presented with values, policies, labor practices, fairness, honesty, etc. and to make sure it begins dealing with them. In “What Do You Stand For,” former Johnson and Johnson CEO James Burke demonstrated his integrity when he put the interests of consumers ahead of company profit. In 1982, after seven people in the Chicago area died after ingesting cyanide-laced Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules, Burke pulled all forms of Tylenol from every store in the country. Although the cost to the company was $100 million, Burke recognized that the public’s trust was more important. Today, Johnson and Johnson benefits from a reputation as a company that has, through its ethical actions, earned the publics trust. As a result of this trust, Tylenol products have enjoyed a strong increase in sales. In a competitive marketplace nothing can take the place of a good reputation. Nothing can build better, long-term trusting relationships.

Chapter one of Thinking Critically about Ethical Issues, by Vincent Ryan Ruggiero examines judging ideas responsibly. It expresses, “Ideas range in quality from profound to ridiculous, helpful to harmful, ennobling to degrading. It is therefore appropriate to pass judgment on them. However, fairness demands that you base your judgment on thoughtful consideration of the overall strengths and weaknesses of the ideas, not on ones initial impressions or feelings.” It goes on to say, “be especially careful with ideas that are unfamiliar or different from your own because those are the ones that will be most inclined to deny a fair hearing.” (pg. 15) Ethics points people in a direction. I believe that having an ethical code and taking an ethical stand builds confidence in ones ability to create a healthy situation for oneself and others. The stand that one takes in a complex ethical dilemma is based on ones ethical code.

Many professions have a statement of ethics that people in the profession promise to follow, known as the professional ethics. (Wandberg. Pg. 30) Professional organizations have a statement of ethics that guide practitioners’ behavior. For example, many doctors and nurses have the Hippocratic Oath. It describes ethical medical practices and behaviors these professionals should follow. The oath states many ways that doctors should do no harm. Psychiatrists, counselors, and other helping professionals also have a statement of ethics. For example, psychiatrists promise not to tell information that a patient gives them. Teachers and other educators have a code of ethics, too. It includes creating a safe learning environment and teaching appropriate academic skills. Lawyers, architects, and religious leaders have ethical standards they follow. These...

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