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A Legal Study | CINDY Moore M5_A2 Dr. Evelyn Lim Business Ethics A legal Study by Cynthia D. Moore February 5, 2018 1
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A Legal Study | CINDY Moore For a corporation to reach its goal of profitability, there are many things to consider. First and foremost, are we continually doing the right thing for the right reasons? This is the basic premise of an ethically sound company. Ethics and morals go hand in hand, but one can be taught, and one is innate to the individual. Ethics most certainly can be taught and learned, if the individual has a moral compass that allows for good decisions to override bad ones. There are many ethical challenges in big business, retail and distribution. We have seen scandals, arrests, court hearings and sentencing that reinforce the need for an ethical adjustment. The retail industry is a complex industry made up of many distinct parts. The supply chain leading up to the end user has various links including the supplier, manufacturer, distributor, transporter, wholesaler, and finally the retailer and end user or consumer. As we imagine, there is infinite areas of concern when it comes to ethical behavior. Every link in the supply chain, every business between supplier to retailer must remain within a stringent code of ethics to keep the retailer from earning a negative connotation in their professional reputation. Key areas of ethical concern at each level of production are hiring practices, safety and environmental concerns in the human resources department; public relations, media acceptance, and marketing strategies; financial accountability and transparency in profit and loss. Traditionally, the Human Resources department is the place we go when we want to know how many vacation days we get this year, how much sick time, or what does the company health insurance policy cover. Human Resources is normally responsible for answering employment- type questions. One of the biggest responsibilities of the Human Resource staff, however, is to create and enforce procedures that comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1993 (Kilian, 2012). President Nixon signed the OSHA standards into effect in 1970 and its mission is 2
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A Legal Study | CINDY Moore to “assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance” (OSHA.gov, 1970). OSHA policy is a vital concern of corporate administration to stay in business. According to John Kilian, (2012), there are three reasons why an organization should stay compliant with OSHA policy: 1. Financial ramifications of an injury or disease that is the direct result of poor working conditions usually result in a large financial burden. 2. When employees feel safe and healthy, they tend to be more productive.
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