In Ethics 316 we discussed what it means to not only be ethical but what it means to be socially responsible. In the next few pages we will be looking more in depth week by week on what ethical theories are, what it means to be socially responsible, and how something could be ethical but not legal.
During our first week we looked at Ethical Theories which included deontological ethics, utilitarianism, and virtue ethics. To go through and brake down each one individually would take way to long, so instead we will be looking more into Utilitarianism. To be able to discuss Utilitarianism we first need to understand what it is. ...view middle of the document...
The issue is as people we all have different wants and needs, so what might seem as a low pleasure to you might be what someone else views as their top pleasure. Take a look at something simple like laptops for your employees, some might view a Mac is their top computer even if it’s harder to interface with other equipment while others see a windows based computer as their top choice. According to Michael Boylan Basic Ethics, Second Edition (2009), “Mill says that anyone who has access to both will habitually choose the higher over the lower, thus proving that the higher quality pleasure is more choice worthy (pleasurable). But is this always the case? How do we explain away the cases in which this does not hold? Are they merely
Cases of abnormal people? And how do we know whether the majority chooses the higher quality—because it is more pleasurable?” Utilitarianism is really a mixture of not only what we consider as right wrong, but what we view would be a pleasurable outcome for us as either an individual or as a group.
A contemporary society embraces utilitarianism ethics based on a pleasure and pain view opposed to what is for the greater good of the community. People as awhole want things in modern society to be easier and cheaper which falls into “they want the greatest amount of pleasure for the least amount of pain”. Because of these advances I think it has helped us become a much more social group, so it does help with bringing the feeling of community together as well.
“Individuals sit on the board of directors and set organizational goals, individuals make the product, push new marketing campaigns, make tough decisions,
create new products, and so on. What is the role of social responsibility (SR) in their thinking?” (Davide Secchi, 2009, para. ). We looked at what it takes for individuals to recognize what they view as being socially responsible. But what does it take to be a socially responsible company? Let’s take a look at a make believe company that wants to build a new corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility in a small town. They preach about what kind of jobs this will bring to the community which is great, but the community is worried about what kind of hazards this will bring and what kind of damage having a large company like this move into the area will cause to their small community.
In steps the social responsibility of the company who wants nothing more than to open a new building for their expanding and growing company. They also know the importance of what it means to come into a new community that is unsure of them being there. Now they have shown that they are going to be bringing a lot of good paying jobs to the community, but they also have set up meetings at the local high school gym to allow those residences with concerns to ask questions and make comments on what they would like to see. Part of their new construction plan also includes building green, and...