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Ethics and Corporate Social Responsiblity

"Write a brief paper (one to two pages) on the source of moral authority. One often hears the expression, "let your conscience be your guide." Is conscience sufficient to decide what is right and wrong? Does society decide? If Americans, for example, tend to think of a certain action as wrong, does that mean that action is wrong all over the world or does each society make those decisions? Is right versus wrong established by religion? Are there "golden rules" to guide us toward morally correct behavior? What is the source of such rules? This is not intended to be a research paper but as the study proceeds, it should help you to begin to understand the complexity involved in moral thinking."

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Conscience does act as a guide for Moral authority, but one has to consider other things also. Moral activity occurs on the basis of a balance between the realization of interests and the avoidance of physical, social, or even state sanctions - not to mention those in any afterlife. Hence in the areas like product, industrial and environmental safety, social welfare obligations, correctness and completeness of information, standards that satisfy the stringent requirements of total responsibility must hold sway. Double standards would have doubly fatal consequences, not only for the corporation but also perhaps for the health and quality of life of people now or in generations to come.
On the other hand relativism is also an important consideration for Moral value. Relativism expresses the view that the meaning and value of human beliefs and behaviors have no absolute reference. Relativists claim that humans understand and evaluate beliefs and behaviors only in terms of, for example, their historical or cultural context. Philosophers identify many different kinds of relativism depending upon what allegedly depends on ...

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The solution completes a paper on moral authority and deciding on right or wrong.