In the increasingly conscience-focused marketplaces of the 21st century, the demand for more ethical business processes and actions is increasing. However, with the arrival of the globalization of economy and culture , business ethics are at risk. In order to get a better sense of business ethics, it is necessary for us to learn its definition and the cause of business ethics crisis.
Business ethics is a form of applied ethics that examines ethical principles and moral or ethical problems that arise in a business environment. In my opinion, there are three factors that can lead to business ethics crisis. First of all, there are many ethical issues that arise from computer technology. As we know, the computer and the World Wide Web are two of the most significant inventions of the twentieth century, which makes it easy to gain access to information. This leads to data mining, workplace monitoring, and privacy invasion. Secondly, business ethics are mainly caused by the idea that money is the most important thing in the world. Some people think that without money, they can do nothing, so they may do anything even illeagle things to gain as much money as possible, which caused serious ethical and moral problems. Last but not the least, the responsibility shortage and the insatiable greed of human being also play important roles. An example of doctors can be taken to illustrate this. There is a Chinese said that “ we cannot own the doctor’s money, or they won’t cure our diseases”. It is known to all that it was very hard for the average family to see a doctor at a better hospital a few years ago which had raised many ethical questions.
As there are more and more ethical questions emerge, it is high time for us to take some countermeasures to solve these problems. On one hand, governments should enforce some laws to punish the people who offend the business ethics and a good deal of propaganda about the dangers of the shortage of business ethics should be made to the public especially the youth. On the other hand, as the successor of the future society, we should not only learn the high technology and skills, but also the basic mortality of human being and learn to bear our responsibility to the society. To build a civilized society, we should make not only our spiritual civilization but also our material civilization rich. Always remember that honesty is the best policy when we are doing businesses, only in that way can we recover ethics in business.