As such, it is wide open to politicians favoring activist groups for their votes. It has, since its inception, served to stifle progress both scientific and infrastructural by onerous fees and seemingly unending delays for approval.
Or, better yet, can a lack of ethics be quantified? This week, the Swiss research firm Covalence released its annual ranking of the overall ethical performance of multinational corporations. The idea behind the Covalence research is that there's value -- both for companies and consumers -- in measuring corporations against an ethical standard.
We're hoping this idea also applies to Wall Street firms. To complete its ethics index, Covalence compiled both quantitative and qualitative data, spanning seven years, for companies. The data encompass 45 criteria that include labor standards, waste management and human rights records.
And because it is a reputation index, the Covalence survey also incorporates media, industry and NGO documents into its evaluation. Of course, while the index had its winners -- the first- second- and third-place companies were IBM, Intel, and HSBC, respectively -- we were more interested in the companies with the lowest ethical ratings.
Among those companies with the most awful records are some of the usual suspects in the oil and mining industries but Covalence also found some lesser-known offenders.
Check out a snapshot of the 12 companies with the worst ethical ratings, and some of the things they've done to earn the ranking:Even the smallest lapse in workplace ethics diminishes the quality of the workplace for all employees. Examples Each failure to practice value-based workplace ethics affects your self-image and what you stand for far more than it affects your coworkers.
•Ethics allow you to distinguish the difference between right and wrong Ethics in the Workplace. The Essentials Every company is different but they all should take the following into consideration: •Trustworthiness •Respect •Lack of communication •Withholding information.
Poor Ethics •Poor customer services. Companies are spending a great deal of time and money to install codes of ethics, ethics training, compliance programs, and in-house watchdogs.
If these efforts worked, the money would be well spent. But unethical behavior appears to be on the rise. And I pause, true to the ethics of journalism; it's my duty not to leave just yet.
What was the stanchest code of ethics but a trunk with a series of false bottoms? But to call this ethics 'philanthropy' is the strangest of mistakes. Doctors for America is a national movement of physicians and medical students working together to improve the health of the nation and to ensure that everyone has access to .
Further, the lack of social consensus on many issues makes it impossible to equate ethics with whatever society accepts. Some people accept abortion but many others do not. If being ethical were doing whatever society accepts, one would have to find an agreement on issues which does not, in fact, exist.
What, then, is ethics? Ethics is two things.