bgs final report_tattoo industry (2007)

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Unformatted text preview: our three case study tattoo firms. For the ‘Personal’ standard, we sourced for perspectives of a legal academic, Dr Eugene Tan, whose areas of research include business ethics and ethics conflict regulation; and two contrasting tattooed individuals – Clarence, the avid tattoo fan, and Johnny, the regretful ex-enthusiast. 2 Lawrence, A. T., Weber, J., & Post, J. E. (2005). Business and Society: Stakeholders, Ethics, Public Policy (11th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill/Irwin. Under the ‘Societal’ aspect, we conducted a survey consisting of both tattooed and non-tattooed individuals. The government’s indifference towards this industry was also taken into consideration. After a holistic overview of all perspectives, a stand will be taken with respect to each issue. Stakeholder Model In accordance with basic stakeholder models3, it is imperative for a balance to be reached between businesses’ profit motives, society’s expectations and consumer’s rights and desires, all within the government’s perception of acceptability. As governmental regulations within the tattoo industry are negligible, onus rests on firms to address societal concerns, and ensure consumer welfare. By doing so, they are satisfying all stakeholder interests. Legal Analysis In Singapore, the legalities binding the tattoo industry are virtually non-existent. Thorough scrutiny of the Ministry of Health (MOH) website 4 and local statues 5 shows that legislations do not address the tattoo industry and investigations will be conducted only upon complaint. Current lack of government intervention has been of great concern to the public, as highlighted by increasing worries about youths patronising tattoo parlours6. Providing a stark contrast are countries like the USA, where tattoo laws vary from state to state and address issues such as age limit and health risks7. Back home, the only insight the MOH gives is that patronising parlours which use disposable equipment and practise good hygiene decreases the risk of contracting viral infections such as HIV and Hepatitis C8. 3 Lawrence, A. T., Weber, J., & Post, J. E. (2005). Business and Society: Stakeholders, Ethics, Public Policy (11th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill/Irwin. 4 Ministry of Health, Singapore. Retrieved from http://www.moh.gov.sg/mohcorp/default.aspx 5 Singapore Statutes Online. Retrieved from http://statutes.agc.gov.sg 6 Jiang, G., & Mathavan, S. A. (2007, November 12). Ban Tattoos on Kids? The New Paper, pp. 4, 5. 7 Tattoo Laws in the United States. Retrieved from http://www.tattoodesign.com/tattoo_laws/united_states.php 8 Ministry of Health, Singapore. (2005, September 13). Check Hygiene Practice of Salons. Message posted to Issue 1: Age Limit – Is the lack of a minimal age limit for tattooing ethical? Overview In March 2004, The New Paper published an article, “Yes, I’ve got a tattoo, but please don’t tell my boss”, voicing concerns of tattooed individuals and their difficulties in finding employment. Their reason: corporate m...
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