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ethics and ethical program in organization

· Create a fictitious organization that exemplifies business ethics.
· Write a paper in which you explain the organization's ethics programs and overall ethical environment. Address the following in your examination:

o Describe current moral and ethical issues faced by the organization.
o Explain how the fictitious company deals with the relationship between ethics, morality, and social issues in the legal environment.
o Evaluate the organization's ethics program based on the code of ethics, training, monitoring, and enforcement.
o Consider the following questions:

· Code of ethics

o Does a formal code of ethics exist?
o What topics are included in the code of ethics?
o How is the code distributed and used?
o Is the code reinforced in reward and decision-making systems?

· Training

o Is ethics emphasized to recruits and new employees?
o How are employees and managers oriented to an organization's values?
o Are managers trained in ethical decision-making?
o What ethics training exists for employees?

· Monitoring

o How are ethics and integrity measured throughout the organization?
o Are whistle-blowers encouraged? If so, how?
o Does a language exist that allows employees and managers to openly discuss ethical situations?
o What ethical considerations are incorporated into planning and policy-making at the organization?

· Enforcement

o How do managers enforce ethics?
o How are ethics enforced by the organization? How is unethical behavior dealt with?

· Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

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The Organization:

A registered company floated by a group of Engineers, Business managers with degrees in business management from reputed institutions, and social scientists.

Name:

The Associated Business Products Co. Ltd (Inc.)

As the promoters of the company are from a really good back ground the company observes all the virtues of being an ideal company. In the following lines we will see how it functions within the confines of various good qualities that an ideal company should observe. The very first thing that an outside critical observer looks into is how company faces current moral and ethical issues.

Archie B Carroll has noted three major levels of moral management:-

I) Moral management;
ii) Immoral management and
iii) Amoral management

The moral managers strive to function within the confines of ethical standards motivated by ideals of fairness, justice and due process. They not only aim to make profit but also see that the legal obligations of the company are met, and behave in an ethical manner. Their beckoning principle is to see that their decisions are not fair only to them but all the parties concerned. They follow principles as well precepts.

Immoral or unethical management does not have any concern for ethics. They unscrupulously violate all the rules of ethics. Their sole goal is to make profit by any means. They do not have any other concern.

Amoral management is intentionally or unintentionally oblivious of mores of ethics.

Intentional one are merely profit motivated and do not bother about the terms like ethics, social responsibility, obligation towards the employees, paying taxes etc.

Unintentional ones are just oblivious to these things. They never bother to know what the above terms mean or imply actually. They are unaware how their action is affecting others.

The Associated Business does not fall in any of above groups.

In fact the company deals with "ethics, morality and social issues in legal environment" by being a socially responsible organization. It is well aware that the society has provided the resources which it is expected to utilize in the best possible manner for the betterment of the society. They are part of the society. It is the invisible hands of market forces. The materials made available to it are not only scarce but have many other alternative uses.

But the organization has the responsibility to make profit within the confines of the law. Ironically, neither the "invisible hands" nor the" gubernatorial hands" extend space for ...

Solution Summary

Ethics is the most important factor in an organization. But simply having it on the paper is not implementation. Implementation requires various other steps, training, monitoring and follow up. Then from time to time it must be ensured that a proper ethical audit is conducted. The leaders in the organization should not only preach like political leaders but practice also and set their own example to others particularly new entrants. Besides, it must be visible and realized by all the employees.

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