Ethical companies (no flame wars, please)?

Subject: Ethical companies (no flame wars, please)?
From: "Hart, Geoff" <Geoff-H -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 28 Mar 2002 09:26:25 -0500

Geoff Purchase (great name, Geoff! <g>) wondered: <<What I'd like to know is
what are the definitions of "unethical" companies?>>

In theory, "ethics" are an absolute standard and "morals" represent our
individual choices of which ethical principles to follow. In practice, it's
never that simple, as anyone who's done cross-cultural studies can attest.
Even within a culture, definitions of ethics vary widely; compare, for
example, the ideas espoused and actions performed by the fundamentalist and
mainstream segments of any world religion.

Although you could certainly come up with a list of the classical ethical
virtues and apply them to a company, that's a largely academic exercise.
What it really comes down to is this: there are no absolute ethical
standards that _everyone_ will agree to, and evaluating whether a company is
ethical comes down to your personal judgment about whether you're
comfortable with what they say, what they do, and how they say and do it.

--Geoff Hart, FERIC, Pointe-Claire, Quebec
geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca
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