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EVOLUTION OF BUSINESS ETHICS2Evolution of Business EthicsEthics in business came into frequent use in the 1970s. People mostly used their religiousbeliefs and ethical norms to run their businesses. Religious leaders often raised issues thataffected the workers and the poor that needed improvement (Voyance, 2011). Some religiouseducation institutions developed a course on ethics in business. Different religions applied theirsense of right and wrong into coming up with business ethic, and this laid a foundation into thefuture pursuance of the business ethics field as a primary discipline (Voyance, 2011).A number ofhighly publicized scandals resulted in public protests about deception and fraud and this in turnresulted to pressure to develop business ethics (Ferrell, O.C., Fraedrich, J. & Ferrell, L. 2013).During the 1960s, there rose lots of criticism about the pollution caused by the industries.This period markeda rise in consumerism where the consumers did not only look at the qualityof goods and services but also considered the company’s reputation. The US Civil Rights Act of1964 was the first legislation to help initialize the business ethics movement (Thangasamy,2013). The Act advocated for equal treatment regardless of nationality, race and color thathighlighted fair treatment and same wages for the same job. It raised awareness on workers’rights in general and the need for the US corporate society to respect them. Issues of concernduring the 1960s included environmental issues like pollution, employer-employee tension, civilrights and race relation issues, changing work ethics and escalation in drug use (Civil Rights of1964).The study of business ethics came into full force in the 1970s. The religious leaders hadspearheaded the research by showing that business operations could incorporate particular
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