ETHICS EXERCISE - Chris and Clare Ethical Dilemma Case
Discuss the ethical dilemma presented in this case.
Ethics are values, norms belief and expectations that determine how people within a culture live and act. An ethical dilemma is a situation that will often involve an apparent conflict between moral imperatives, in which to obey one would result in transgressing another. This is also called an ethical paradox. The ethical dilemma in this case is confidentiality and release of information issue. Ethical problem of information and privacy at work place moral requirement hold prominent position. Truthfulness and accuracy must be to a reasonable degree. Ethical frame of reference is important in any organization. Economically, the purpose of the new formula for the new beer and of the business organization is to maximize profit to the benefit for all, but their action is selfish. Legally, the law reflects of what is right and wrong, infringing on the company secret to make personal gain is legally unethical behavior. Religiously, everyone should act in accordance with religious teaching concerning stealing. Utilitarian theory says everyone should act in a way that generates the greatest benefits for the largest number of people; their action will only generate benefit to Chris and Clare. Why do you think the rival brewery notified the brewery at which Chris and Clare worked rather than taking the formula and using it to its own advantage? Ethical principles are often integrated within a corporation code of conducts. Such as promoting integrity and maintaining the highest standard of ethical conduct in all of its activities, business success should depend on trusting relationship which are built on the foundation of integrity, reputation should be founded and built on the personal integrity of the company’s personnel and it dedication to honesty in communicating with suppliers and customers, which at the same time protecting the company confidential...
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