Building Ethical Relations

Building Ethical Relations
  • Raised: $230
  • Goal: $1000

Building Ethical Relations

Ethics is concerned with what society considers right or wrong. It therefore relates to standards of behavior. At first this may appear to overlap with one purpose of law, in that law seeks to address behavior of which society disapproves. However, ethical principles may be adopted that discourage behavior that is undesirable but legal. For example, during the expenses scandal that arose in the UK in 2009 regarding claims for reimbursement by politicians, one politician responded to criticism by stating that she had done nothing illegal. This rather missed the point, as the general public may still regard legitimate expenses claims as inappropriate, and therefore unethical.

Ethics lacks the certainty usually provided by the law, as individuals may consider some things that are legal to be unethical. In turn, views on morality differ, so even when ethical principles are codified by professional bodies or commercial organizations, they may be regarded differently according to the moral principles of each individual.

Values and ethics are central to any organization; those operating in the national security arena are no exception. What exactly is meant by values and ethics? Both are extremely broad terms, and we need to focus in on the aspects most relevant for strategic leaders and decision makers in the context of the ethical behavior of individuals in organizations. It is also important to foster ethical behavior in popular culture with the purpose of raising it to a higher level.

GERA makes it a priority to work toward positive changes by promoting ethical behavior within organizations and popular culture through programs, campaigns and various events.

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