The paper 'Social and Environmental Sustainability in a Profession" is a great example of business coursework. Having grown up in a family that is religious, I always associated the concept of ethics with religion. There many instances that it was required of us to exhibit what they called ‘ high ethical standards’ . Following this, my explanation of the term ethics for a long time has had biased attachments to religious views. My views of ethics, however, have now evolved to a great extent. This shift of view has been due to the exposure that I have gained in other aspects of my life like academic life and professional life.
I have been able to observe that ethics cannot be confined to mean strict adherence to the demands of the law, following one’ s feelings or following the expectations of society. All these, however, may in one way or another be considered as aspects surrounding the core meaning of ethics. In my study on this area of ethics and the associated coverage it has, I have been able to come across various issues that are addressed in this area.
Ethics is a broad concept and the influence that has is felt across dynamic areas such as politics, the public sector, the social engagements, business etc. (Williams 2011). Such dynamism in the coverage of the ethics concept is obviously different from my earlier religious concept bias. The further academic study made me come across the various divergences in the ethics issues. One of my major areas of interest was what I found to be called professional ethics. As I discovered, in the context of professional ethics, there are associated obligations that are required in the job operations depending on the particular profession.
Different jobs have different ways of operations. Following this issue, I saw that there is a developed code of ethics for each unique profession. Recently, I have seen been able to see the implication that the issues of ethics have even in the workplace. I have been involved in the media profession earlier, specializing in the area of marketing. I left the profession and shifted to marketing in the insurance industry. I have been able to discover that the ethics that guard these two places are very different.
In the media, we were allowed to display information of a particular issue, individual or group to an extent that the insurance sector will shy away from in its ethics. However, before this issue was clearly known to me, I was engaged to a prospective client who gave me his data to process. As it later turned out to be, the ethics of privacy in the marketing data was not followed in my execution of service.
This resulted in a justifiable claim for compensation resulting from the mishandling of the client’ s personal information. I have progressively been able to appreciate and adhere to the dynamism associated with ethics. I have now been able to identify the meaning and scope of ethics in a broader concept. I think ethics covers two major areas. First, ethics will refer to standards of right and wrong that are well-founded that are able to describe what humans are needed to do, usually considering the rights, benefits to the society, obligations, specific virtues, or fairness issues.
My broad consideration of this aspect of meaning is to cover reasonable obligations like refraining from fraud, enjoining virtues like honesty and standards relating to rights like the right to privacy. I think that these standards are intrinsically related to ethics since they have well-founded and consistent reasons.
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