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Month: January 2009

Why Should I Buy Ethical Clothing?

Why Should I Buy Ethical Clothing?

Davinos Greeno asked: Garment workers throughout the globe are traditionally paid the minimum wage and work long hours in poor conditions in order to produce the clothes that we take for granted. In the developing world countries such as Indonesia and China mass produce enough clothes to reach to the moon and back every day, this routine production and exploitation in the name of fashion by major brands has increasingly come under fire as they continue to under pay staff,…

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Ethical Situations in Counselling

Ethical Situations in Counselling

Pedro Gondim asked: A prominent aspect of counsellor training involves the analysis of ethical situations. Counsellors need to be malleable to the variety of situations in which the client’s personality traits and environmental circumstances are prominent barriers to the relationship’s progress. Codes of practice, ethical guidelines and counselling micro-skills play a role in supporting the counsellor’s decision-making process towards the relationship; however, client and situation uniqueness are not the exception in the therapeutic process – they reign supreme. Effective counselling…

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Inculcation of Ethics Through Education and Globalization Effects on Ethics

Inculcation of Ethics Through Education and Globalization Effects on Ethics

naraginti amareswaran asked: Inculcation of Ethics Through Education and Globalization Effects on Ethics INTRODUCTION ‘The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government’…………..  Thomas Jefferson. ‘When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist’……………..Dom Helder Camara. Now we are living in the technological modern world. Science and Technology have a prominent role…

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What Happened to Business Ethics and Responsibility?

What Happened to Business Ethics and Responsibility?

Mel Luigs asked: I remember a “Business Ethics” seminar I took in college that confirmed everything my parents had taught me a child. I heard clearly that capitalism was not an easy way to steal money from others but a way to make as an honest living by providing a service or product to people who needed and wanted it. This secured my desire to become a businessman. During my career, I have held different positions in small, medium and…

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The Need for a Code of Ethics on Internet Usage

The Need for a Code of Ethics on Internet Usage

Annabelle Rox asked: To understand the issue of internet ethics, you must first have a basic understanding of how the internet actually works. Although the internet actually came into being by the American military in 1969, it wasn’t until 1989 that the World Wide Web was created in Switzerland. Today there are some 400 million people regularly using the internet for both personal and business matters. The internet was originally designed as a closed network for military and then academic…

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SEO An Ethical Appeal

SEO An Ethical Appeal

Scott Lindsay asked: If you use a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) firm to help increase your sites visibility to search engines you should be aware that one of the simplest ways unscrupulous firms use to manage a meteoric rise to the number one spot is simply through Pay Per Click (PPC) advertising. Essentially you pay an SEO firm to place advertising in such a way as to allow your site to be ranked in first place (preference being granted to…

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Ethical Issues in Contemporary Business

Ethical Issues in Contemporary Business

Andrew asked: Business ethics is crucial to overall society well being and corporate organizations, if to view the issue from the business standpoint. Public confidence is ethical business operation is only yet to recover, as of February 2004, 75 percent of Americans found the image of big corporations either “not good” or even “terrible”. The crucial step when it comes to business ethics – is to admit existence of a problem that is essentially based in the difference in the…

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Image Consultant Viewpoint: Ethics

Image Consultant Viewpoint: Ethics

Sandy Dumont asked: Written by Sandy Dumont “Expertise is of more importance to a successful career, while ethics is of the least significance.” This was the feedback of a study group at a well-known American university. This group recently completed a nationwide survey of university graduate program directors in the field of communications. They were commenting on the importance of the four professional competencies set forth by the National Speakers Association (NSA): Expertise, Eloquence, Enterprise and Ethics. I was interviewed…

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Have Ethics Been Lost in Cyber World?

Have Ethics Been Lost in Cyber World?

Deb Hopkins asked: omic times as they are, many are turning to the internet to find ways to add to their income or replace incomes. The internet offers so much to so many across the globe……or does it? People are bombarded with all sorts of opportunities that leave the viewer wondering which one should they try. So many chances to earn money and make more than one makes currently working………….leaves people open to birds of prey. People need to understand…

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Finding An Ethical SEO Consultant

Finding An Ethical SEO Consultant

Ben Norman asked: Search engine optimization, popularly known as SEO, is a technique that optimizes a website in order to make it very search-engine-friendly. SEO can be performed at the programming as well as at the content end – the programming aspect of SEO tunes the website to the requirements of the latest search engines algorithms, while the content aspect of SEO involves strategically embedding sought-after keywords in the website content. There are other methods as well – e.g., link…

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In the Passing of a Brick: the Gvn Story

In the Passing of a Brick: the Gvn Story

Megan Taddy asked: The first image in the photograph to emerge was the ghost of figures, pale outlines on glossy paper, developed in a dark lab among hundreds of other snapshots of birthdays and couples beaming in front of scenic landmarks and babies taking first steps. Plunged into its chemical bath and then saved from drowning, the photograph was pulled out dripping, like a wet laundered sock, and hung to dry. And in its chromatic, magic way, the ghosts became…

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Get More Value from Your Values… By Walking Good Talk

Get More Value from Your Values… By Walking Good Talk

Donald Mitchell asked: As difficult as it is to determine and reinforce the values of an organization, it’s even more difficult to be sure that those in the organization live those values in visible ways. But that visible following of values is much more valuable than simply establishing the values in the beginning. Here’s an example. Habitat for Humanity is one of the fastest-growing large organizations on earth. This charitable enterprise finds deserving people who cannot afford decent housing, helps…

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Do Your Products Reflect Ethical Values

Do Your Products Reflect Ethical Values

Akhil Shahani asked: You have initiated a business of your own couple of years back, and the progress is in full swing. Consumers feel the products are awesome, and you are all set to expand your reach. And why not! But, just when you think you’re ready to take the next big leap, someone asks you whether your products are ethical! Strong business ethics always form the basis of all of your relationships, especially those with customers and employees. In…

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What is Ethical Shopping?

What is Ethical Shopping?

Davinos Greeno asked: But you can by shopping in an Ethical way. Put simply, this is buying things that are made ethically by companies that act ethically. Buying ethically means buying a brand or from a company which doesn’t exploit labour, animals or the environment. The way in which you can act as an ‘ethical consumer’ can also take on a different form and that is avoiding products (also known as boycotting) you disapprove of such as battery eggs. GuideMeGreen…

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The Great Green Clean: How to Make your Own Ethical Cleaning Products

The Great Green Clean: How to Make your Own Ethical Cleaning Products

Adam Singleton asked: The last time you dressed in yellow rubber gloves, the most stained and ratty t-shirt you owned, and possibly a face-mask, you probably weren’t heading out to a fancy dress party, or even leaving your home at all. You were cleaning it. But why all this protective attire to combat dirt, germs and grime in the place that you are working hard to make a more liveable, safe environment? Why are we using products that are so…

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An Ethical Clothing Company Story

An Ethical Clothing Company Story

Davinos Greeno asked: It may sound like a talkative monkey, but Gossypium is something even stranger- a clothing company that puts farmers first. Their name comes from the Latin for cotton, and expresses their unexpected belief that the way clothes are made is as important as how they look. All their clothes are made from 100% organic Indian cotton woven on handlooms to prevent wasting energy and the build up of cloth mountains and without the use of any GM…

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Ethics of Abortion

Ethics of Abortion

CD Mohatta asked: Abortion will always remain a topic of discussion. Lot of religious, ethical and practical issues are involved in abortion. Is abortion killing? Is abortion taking away the rights of an unborn child? Is it not murder? And what if the parents or the mother does not want the child? Who will take care? Why should she carry a child in her womb if she does not want it? How about her rights? Such questions keep getting asked…

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Business is not a Social Giveaway

Business is not a Social Giveaway

Donald Yates asked:   Make a profit and leave social programs to the Government.   Being in businesses serves one purpose and one purpose only, and that is to turn a profit for its owners or stake holders. People who begrudge businesses for making a profit don’t fully understand their purpose. In a capitalistic system such as that found in the United States, profit is the soul purpose of any business endeavor. Small businesses are no different, people who go…

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How Can I Do Ethical Marketing Through Blogging

How Can I Do Ethical Marketing Through Blogging

Mukeshh Kumarr asked: What on Earth is Astroturf Marketing It is believed that the concept of astroturf marketing was coined by US Senator Lloyd Bentsen of Texas to refer to situations in which people with no political agenda present grassroots perspectives on major issues. Simply put, astroturf marketing is the notion of promoting your product or service in forums designed for discussion and not for advertising where the promotional message is projected in a context that is in no way…

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Introduction To Business Ethics

Introduction To Business Ethics

Jonathon Hardcastle asked: Is it possible for an individual with strong moral values to make ethically questionable decisions in a business setting? What affects a person’s inclination to make either ethical or unethical decisions in a business organization? Although the answers to that question are not entirely clear, there appear to be three general sets of factors that influence the standards of behavior in an organization; individual factors, social factors and opportunity. Several individual factors influence the level of ethical…

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The PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

The PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

Cornelius Fichtner asked: Don’t steal, don’t cheat, and don’t lie. This short sentence pretty much sums up the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. It describes the expectations that we have of ourselves and our fellow practitioners in the global project management community. It articulates the ideals to which we aspire as well as the behaviors that are mandatory in our professional and volunteer roles. The purpose of the Code is to instill confidence in the…

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