Business Ethics

Managing Business Ethics Paper
Melissa A. Brun
University of Phoenix
MGT 216 Organizational Ethics and Social Responsibility
Professor: Daniel F. Clearly
April 4, 2010
Ethics Paper
“Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential (Barack Obama .Copyright 2009 Business ethics is the measurement of one’s maturity and when implemented in their profession often determines how far they can grow professionally. Values are made up of one’s belief system and what they aspire to be, and their ethics are the grounds in which they will stand on to reach their goals. In this paper, it will discuss three major ethic issues within today’s business world; religious beliefs, sexual orientation and harassment. Discussing these issues one can begin to evaluate on their own set of professional goals and ethical values.
Ethics refers to standards of conduct, standards that indicate how one should behave based on moral duties and virtues, which themselves are derived from principles of right and wrong (eHow, Inc., 2009). The difference between ethics and professional values is that ethics is based on a person’s behavior whereas values are beliefs and attitudes that determine how a person actually behaves. Ethics are what a person may use as a guideline to how they live their lives and how to run a business. Some examples of professional ethics are religious beliefs, sexual orientation, and harassment. Religion is a very sensitive to many people in the workplace, but it differs in many ways. One has to be able to be non-offensive to one’s beliefs. It can be taboo for people to have open discussions about religion in the work place because so many people have many views concerning religion.
In today’s workplace ones sexual orientation is expressed much more openly...