“Somewhere along the way a number of decision makers started to believe that achieving success was worth letting go of their values, no matter what the cost. Some people think that being fair in a business deal makes you weak. Some think that being an ethical person is a nice idea, but not always practical in the business world.” Redefining Success by W.Brett Wilson
Immanuel Kant stated not to judge a situation by the consequences but only by its motivation.
If this is true:
1.Where did this belief to separate values from practice, come from? How is this acceptable?
2. How are decisions like this” justified” by the “powers that be.”
3 .Ethics, then, is seen by these people as something “nice to have” but doesn’t affect the marketplace. How are they “conning” the people around them about the importance of ethics and being ethical? How are they getting away with this? Where is C-Level suite oversight, Board of directors, who’s not “guarding the door?”
4. How does an ethics or compliance professional deal with this reality and how is it dealt with differently, i.e. compliance , ethics?
I wonder when the “game playing” about ethics and values being important in these companies will stop? I’m afraid probably not until the money stops coming in!