Donaldson Essay

455 words - 2 pages

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1. Finding ethical standards when doing International Business is tremendously tough since each country has it’s own form of ethics. For example, According to Donaldson, the people in Indonesia tolerate bribery from their public officials, yet in Denmark or Singapore this isn’t acceptable (p. 48). So when doing business internationally it’s difficult to not only understand others’ ethics but to cooperate with them. Usually when one is raised with specific morals and ethics it’s very difficult to adjust to something different. Especially if it’s something you don’t agree with, or believe in.
2. Donaldson recommends two core human values that outline basic moral values that will work in any ...view middle of the document...

Second, all basic rights should be respected. Lastly, a community should support an institution that the community depends on (p. 53).
3. When a company decides on ethical standards they cannot be used against them, no matter where in the world they are doing business. Donaldson states “first, treat corporate values and formal standards of conduct as absolutes. Second, Design and implement conditions of engagement for suppliers and customers. Third, allow foreign business units to help formulate ethical standards and interpret ethical issues. Fourth, in host countries, support efforts to decrease institutional corruption. Fifth, exercise moral imagination” (p. 60)
4. Donaldson gives an example of respecting the values of a human being. A large supplier for Levi Strauss, Tan family apparently made 1,200 Chinese and Filipino women work seventy-four hours a week in secured compounds on the Marina Islands. After Levi Strauss repeatedly advised the tans to stop this cruelty, Strauss stopped doing business with them. Strauss believed it was inhumane to force women to work in these conditions (p.55).
An example that Donaldson gives for developing ethical conduct in a firm is, “the French pharmaceutical company Rhône Poulenc Rorer has allowed foreign subsidiaries to augment list of corporate ethical principles with their own suggestions.” (p. 60)

Donaldson gives many examples of ethical standards when doing international business. Even though not every state or country has the same ethics, there are similarities between them that can make doing business in foreign places possible.

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