While looking for a clear definition of what ethical is or might be, there are a lot of variations that come across as suitable or even quite perfect; but somehow I cannot associate ethics with a definition.
Looking it up in the dictionary gives you some sort of a definition, a vague idea of what society follows and what should be a law of the unwritten moral code. Some of them have nothing to do with business and they branch off into other parts that should be touched by this over used word.
Here are some examples what one may find when looking up the word “ethics”: 1. A system of moral principles; 2. the rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group, culture, etc; 3. moral principles, as of an individual; 4. that branch of philosophy dealing with values relating to human conduct, with respect to the rightness and wrongness of certain actions and to the goodness and badness of the motives and ends of such actions. Here are some synonyms just in case the word itself does not seem quite easy to grasp: moral, upright, honest, righteous, virtuous, and honorable.
After taking a look at all of these definitions and big words, there is one explanation that they just don’t seem to offer: being ethical is being human, or is that too much to ask nowadays? Ethics is so overused that it has lost some of its meaning and everyone can now use it and pretend like they have an idea and they know what they are talking about. Even I can say “I have good ethics” and someone will be impressed just because I know how to use this big, pompous word.
On the other hand, business ethics are going a little more deep into its meaning, and it may not be a written rule, but it’s just like honesty: something you have to have from home. One does not become ethical all of a sudden just because they entered a big company, or because it is asked of them to do so. Instead, in business, you have to be it in order to keep...