Workplace ethics, or moral values, are the foundation of the culture of businesses. These moral principles drive businesses and can form the basis of marketing campaigns. Your business might be concerned with environmental practices and choose to use only products made from recycled materials for packaging and labels, or your business might be focused on human rights and choose to source all products or services based on supporting the rights of workers along the whole supply chain. Some companies will promote their moral code as part of their marketing strategy.
Workplace ethics can be individual as well as company-wide. Within business, these codes can be based on regulations and laws, as well as industry standards. People working in the food industry will have different regulations as compared with those working in healthcare. People in managerial and leadership positions will usually have more responsibility and be held to a higher standard.
Ethics, overall, are a way that we can function as a society. These guidelines help us understand expectations and meet them. They are inherited as well as learned. Our families and society teach us ways to interact with each other in an acceptable manner.
However, the way we interact has changed dramatically in the past 20 years and as yet, a moral code that is respected by the majority has yet to be developed for our global online community. The online community is in its infancy. The perception of many that they are ‘safe’ behind a screen to abuse others or misrepresent themselves is unethical by the standards of our offline communities. It is an ongoing debate.
One area that requires fast attention is B2B ethics online. Merchants have vast networks. Companies are trading internationally, often without knowledge or concern, for the responsibilities of the regions, they are trading in.
Secular ethics, which is based on human faculties such as reason, logic, empathy and moral intuition rather than any supernatural influences, such as religion, are considered a sound basis from which companies can approach ethics development. Some of the values, which are believed to be inherent in all people and therefore a sound basis for developing a moral code, are:
These utilitarian values mean different things to different people dependant on their society, however, overall people understand that these values form a basis for how they approach their work life.
B2B merchants should develop moral codes that govern how they will interact with clients. Using secular ethics as a foundation for value creation is an approach that offers the greatest degree of flexibility. Respect and responsibility are shown in different ways in different cultures, however, their underlying value is the same globally. They are human utilitarian values. Both require people to be willing to apologise, to be humble, to trust and act in ways that engender trust.
While the online business world is fast and filled with constant communications, the moral code to support a connected international community has yet to be developed. Taking time to ground your B2B operation with an ethical code can be an anchor for your business.
Welcome to Our Blog
We want to share our expert knowledge with you, and that is why we want you to know that all of our blogs are written by our in-house writing team.
Our writers do the research, discuss the topics and form their own opinions. They do not write for a commission from any sites, products or services mentioned, and we do not publish advertorials or paid reviews.
We enjoy writing for you and will continue to be transparent about our blogs, which are only opinion pieces.