Should Corporations be required to act ethically?

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Comments (8)

(8) Anonymous, October 19, 2008 11:44 PM

Without a doubt, yes.

People are obligated not to act unethically. When businesses act in a certain way, it is because people cause them to act in that way. Therefore, if a corporation is acting unethically, people have caused them to act unethically, and are therefore acting unethically, themselves. I'm not sure what people don't seem to understand about this.

(7) Dvirah, October 16, 2008 1:03 PM

Should Corps Be Ethical?

Yes, yes, yes! And in reply to Anonymous of 15/10/08 - a ready-made ethical manual already exists in the Torah and Talmud - it can surely be adopted even to robotic considerations.

(6) Anonymous, October 15, 2008 11:08 PM

What's ethical?

One would need a working, legally enforcible definition of "ethical". I can't see that being agreed upon in the next century.

(5) Anonymous, October 14, 2008 6:33 AM

Chanukah in the workplace??

When the robot asked what his workers thought about what he proposed...he wasn't truly interested in what they had to say. The real message behind the statement...that his workers that they had to agree with what he suggested or risk being pushed outa there. Another words...they were expected to conform. Chanukah in the workplace??

(4) ROBERT LOVELL, October 13, 2008 1:07 PM

YES they should!

Corporations are in Ivory towers , Our governments do nothing to bring them to the people, yes they should be more accountable.

(3) fred, October 12, 2008 9:25 PM

It Wasn't Ethical?

Sure, switching to a different deodorant isn't really an upgrade, but if you're lucky enough to be a robot your upgrade may actually provide the promised value (unless you're a Microsoft robot).

(2) Russ, October 12, 2008 5:58 PM

Required by Law

In some states, revocation clauses were written into corporate charters and, at one time, states did revoke charters of problem corporations. There was an attempt to revoke in California in the late 1990's to revoke the charter of Unocal. I think this was ended when they were bought out by Chevron. While I have been unable to locate a copy of the book to verify, the following is attributed to, American Business Corporations Until 1860 With Special Reference to Massachusetts, by Edwin M. Dodd (Harvard University Press-1954):'In Ohio, Pennsylvania and Mississippi, banks lost charters for activities that "were likely to leave them in an insolvent or financially unsound condition," according to business scholar Edwin M. Dodd.' Well, isn't that a laugh on 2008's Wall Street.... All it takes is one to restart the trend. Have any Jews go into the legal profession? ,-)

(1) Rosen, October 12, 2008 5:36 AM

corporations and ethics

Absolutely, corporation must act more ethically and not send mixed messages or say and do whatever they want without proper regulation. It's not that there is anything wrong with making a lot of money, but it must be earned honestly thru hard work and dedication, as well as empathy for employees and clients. The problem is, we often have the shortcoming to look out for our own personal interests, especially corporate CEOs and lobbyists. There needs to be better breadth of wealth, as opposed to one getting more and the other getting the shorter end of the stick.


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