Business: ethics need to be placed at the fore

2012-09-28 00:00

PROFESSOR Martin Prozesky is well-known as an expert on ethics. He and Ingrid Roberts are collaborating on a programme by which they hope to sensitise people, businesspeople in particular, to the complexities of ethics in a multicultural society. In a discussion about this, I wondered just how much ethics and morality are affected by culture.

Following an enjoyable spell working for two banks on the Isle of Man, my daughter moved to Dubai where, having got married and settled, she decided that she would like to pursue a banking career. She was employed by an international bank, but soon found it a frustrating experience. Women have little chance of advancement in that society, and her paltry salary hardly made the daily commute to and from work worthwhile. Thoroughly disillusioned, she gave it up. I thought it would be interesting to match the vision and mission of this particular bank with its employment practices in Dubai. As expected, its website announced very proudly that it respected human rights and gender equity, and, indeed, all the other good things that characterise company veneers. But, when in Rome ... publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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