There are two opposing views about how businesses, and large publicly held corporations in particular, should approach ethics and social responsibility. One view holds that businesses should behave ethically within the marketplace but concern themselves only with serving shareholders and other investors. This view places economic considerations above all others. The other view is that stakeholders are not the means to the end (profit) but are ends in and of themselves as human beings (see our earlier discussion of deontological ethics in Ethics from Antiquity to the Present (Links to an external site.)). Thus, the social responsibility of business view is that being responsible to customers, employees, and a host of other stakeholders should be not only a corporate concern but central to a business’s mission. In essence, this view places a premium on the careful consideration of stakeholders. Consider what approach you might take if you were the CEO of a multinational corporation. (Think back on this weeks video The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos. What approach does Amazon take?).
Would your business be driven primarily by a particular social mission or simply by economics?
How do you think stakeholder relationships would influence your approach to business? Why?
Think back to this week’s video The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos. What approach does Amazon take?
At a minimum discuss:
The particulars of the case
The critical issues
The applicable points from the readings that apply
Personal experience with similar issues
Questions brought up in the exercises, and
How you believe most people would act in a similar circumstance.
100% (4 ratings)Ans. If I were the CEO of a multinational company, I would definitely approach ethics and social responsibility . The reason is that customers…View the full answer