Superimposed on the responsibilities to stakeholders is the need to act ethically in whatever the firm does. In line with applicable NSW Government procurement frameworks, policies, and codes of practice, DFSI and commercial partners, contractors, sub-contractors and suppliers will maintain business relationships based on open and effective communication, respect and trust, and adopt a non-adversarial approach to dispute resolution.
Therefore, by harming himself, the individual may also be creating a consequence to other parties, and the action is no longer beyond the scope of ethics: a person who harms oneself is to do harm to those who are dependent on their social connection to that person.
Many equate ethics” with conscience or a simplistic sense of right” and wrong.” Others would say that ethics is an internal code that governs an individual’s conduct, ingrained into each person by family, faith, tradition, community, laws, and personal mores.
I also have the sense that this is a relatively recent consideration: especially in the field of marketing, the notion of an ongoing relationship seems to be a relatively recent one – or perhaps the popularity of the notion is only increased of late, as it seems to be that many people in business have considered relationships long before it was fashionable to do so. As such, the notion of relationship and its impact on ethics may be a largely unexplored topic.
While I remain uncertain as to whether the beneficiary of an action bears any responsibility for the ethics of that action , it seems clearer that a party who has input into a decision bears some degree of responsibility for the influence they have over the decision-maker.