For the record, I believe that it is important to work for an agency or organization that adheres to a strong set of ethics. However, I really, really, REALLY hate the manner in which this subject is addressed academically and in corporate training environments. My text starts off by explaining the sources where people find their moral and ethical compass, religious texts as the primary example. Duh. However, in the very same chapter, they are talking about how we must respect the ethics policies of different cultures. Ummmmmmm... why do we have to constantly have to contradict ourselves? Why do we wholly admit that it is not okay to base a corporate ethics policy on religious tenants, but not okay to admit to these ideals, a-la Chick-Fil-A? And more importantly, why do ethics trainers talk about ethics as a philosophical debate and concept, but then go on to insist that there is a "clear" answer???
The point of philosophy, as I understand it, is that there is no "clear" answer, only a decision that is justified by a well-thought out and reasoned argument based on the ethics of an individual or a larger organization of people. Making the assumption that all people see issues in the exact same way is so short-sighted.
And then the text went on to talk about Corporate Social Responsibility, and how it's not only a crucial aspect of HR, it's vital to a business' Employer branding. 2 pages later, CSR is deemed to be largely not viable on the global scale at this time, as changing regulations, foreign policy, and cost-saving measures often stand between doing the right thing and your bottom line. So the take-away there is that you should practice Social Responsibility, but only in your own backyard. Keep hiring the 6 year olds in China, though, while you're donating to the Ronald McDonald House in the town your business is headquartered in. Holy Mackerel, does that ever reek of hypocrisy.
Google said it best: "Don't be evil". I don't understand why we have to make it more than that. Be a good person, and do the best that you can. Work for a company whose values align with your own. Support businesses that do things you like, and don't spend your money at places that do evil things. Let Capitalism ring, people!!! **Steps off soap box**
I really hope this chapter is not setting the tone for this entire textbook. Since I have the honor of taking most of my classes online, I tend to develop strong feelings about textbooks and their authors. If this is any indication, it could be an awfully long semester...