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Business Code of Ethics
Words: 707 Length: 2 Pages Document Type: Essay Paper #: 13444712
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The concept of business ethics arises from the tensions that exist between the different stakeholders of business. One of the central ethical questions of business is "In whose interests should firms be managed?" (Moriarty, 2016). There are different perspectives to this issue, usually perspectives of different stakeholders. For example, Milton Friedman's famous view that business exists to increase its profits is, more or less, adopting a view that only shareholders matter as stakeholders, and that managers have a sole responsibility to the interests of the shareholders, and further that the interests of shareholders are narrowly defined as increasing wealth. But there are other perspectives as well, and the stakeholder approach reasonably looks at these other interests – of employees, of customers, of communities and of the environment. Where these interests are unaligned, there is often tension and from this tension arises ethical dilemma.
Thus, many businesses create guidelines for ethical…

Moriarty, J. (2016). Business ethics. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Retrieved March13, 2018 from

Spotting Conflicts of Interest
Words: 987 Length: 3 Pages Document Type: Essay Paper #: 69104871
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Ability to Spot Conflicts

The modern society is characterized by numerous issues on ethics, especially in the increasingly competitive business environment. Corporate scandals have become common in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors, which raises concerns regarding ethics. The increase in corporate scandals in these sectors is partly attributable to the relatively deteriorating ethical standards in the society. While nonprofits are generally considered to be uncorrupted by the desire for profit, recent events have demonstrated that they are vulnerable to ethical lapses that undermine the public’s trust in the entire sector. A critical aspect of these corporate scandals in the non-profit sector is conflict of interest. There seems to be a conflict of interest in the operations of nonprofits and involvement of some of their stakeholders in corporate scandals.
Conflict of interest is a major issue in the modern business environment given its strong link to corporate scandals and ethical…

Mentoring Canada. (2015). Crush Conflict of Interest. Retrieved September 25, 2017, from
Williams, A., & Taylor, J. (2013). Resolving Accountability Ambiguity in Nonprofit Organizations. Voluntas: Journal of Voluntary & Nonprofit Organizations, 24(3), 559–580.

How Philosophy Influences Society Starbucks Restroom Controversy
Words: 2116 Length: 8 Pages Document Type: Case Study Paper #: 682721
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How Philosophy Influences Society:  Starbucks and the Restroom Controversy


When two African-American men were arrested for loitering outside a Starbucks after being refused permission to use the restroom as they were not purchasing customers,  Starbucks’ CEO Kevin Johnson made the decision to open all Starbucks’ bathrooms to the public regardless of whether the person was a paying customer or not.  This was Starbucks’ attempt to address a problem directly.  This essay will examine the decision of Johnson as a deontologist, a virtue ethicist, and as a utilitarian and show what each would view as the right thing to do in this case.  

The Case

On April 12, 2018, two African-American men were waiting their friends without making any purchase at Starbucks in Philadelphia. The store manager asked them to leave, but they refused, explained that they were waiting for their partners. After that, the manager called police, and said…

Works Cited
Conklin, A.  “Why the new Starbucks bathroom policy is a steaming cup of fail.”  DailyCaller, 2018.
Holmes, A.  Ethics:  Approaching moral decisions.  Downers Grove, IL:  InterVarsity Press.
Karnik, S., & Kanekar, A. “Ethical issues surrounding end-of-life care: a  narrative review.” In Healthcare, Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016), p. 24. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute.
Sen, A. “Evaluator relativity and consequential evaluation.” Philosophy & Public  Affairs, (1983), 113-132.
Trout, J. & Rivkin, S.  “Differentiate or die.”  In The marketing Gurus (ed. Murray).  NY:   Penguin, 2006.