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This guide to business ethics provides key terms and concepts related to business ethics in a short, easy-to-use format. It provides objective coverage of theories, corporate social responsibility, human resources issues, consumer protection, and ethical issues in marketing and advertising. It is an ideal supplement for business ethics courses or as a reference for students and practitioners who would like to learn more about the basics of business ethics.

Social Ethics
Social ethics

Ethics is the application of normative standards to assess right action. Social ethics focuses on the ethical reflection as it pertains to social structures and communities of persons such as our government, school systems, and church organizations and refers to a set of standards around which we organize our lives and from which we define our duties and obligations. It results in a set of norms that establishes acceptable behavior patterns and is concerned with what people ought to do. Examples of social ethical dilemmas that occur in the business environment are privacy rights; sexual harassment; gender, age, and race discrimination; child labor; and environmental protection.

Who Determines What is Normative?

From a social constructionist perspective, what a society or organization considers to be ...

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