Integrated Ethics Essay - Exxonmobil

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Integrated Ethics Essay – Exxon Mobil
David B. Dykstra
Cornerstone University
BUS-503 – Prof. James Fyock

In order to operate ethically in a global marketplace, corporations like Exxon Mobil need to define the conduct that they expect from their officers, executives, managers and employees. Without a defined code of conduct, employees feel forced to use their personal mores to determine what actions they should take in ethically ambiguous situations. Like children on a playground, employees need to know where the fences are so that they can work effectively.
The Eight Principles
In order for the directors and executives in any company to know that their employees are acting in an ethical manner, they need a defined
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The company should also work with the environment in mind and should address any environmental issues it faces in a proper and ethical manner. The company should also encourage its employees to contribute to the general well-being of the community by volunteering through charitable organizations (Stanwick & Stanwick, 2009).
The responsiveness principle requires that the company respond to requests for information about operations from the stakeholders in a timely manner. These requests may include complaints about products or services, health and safety issues about products or services, or requests for information about those products or services. In general, the company should always strive to meet or exceed the expectations of the customers. Ideas from the stakeholders about how to improve operations should always be respected and evaluated objectively, and the executives and management should always respond to outstanding issues from employees, suppliers, community and other stakeholders in a timely manner (Stanwick & Stanwick, 2009).
Each of these principles is Biblically sound and ethically above reproach (Blocher, M. 2013). By following these eight principles and incorporating them into their codes of conduct, a business can function without being concerned that its employees might act in an unethical manner. If all companies followed these practices effectively in their everyday activities, unions would