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An ethical person is concerned with what is the right thing to do. Ethical values should be applied to all decisions that are made. This can be a challenge as there are often many forces of influence involved, ambiguous circumstances or details, and different stakeholder groups with different takes on morality. Companies often develop a set of universal values similar to a mission statement to address ethical questions. This "values statement" would be above and beyond a company's policies and procedures. For example, the Ethics Resource Center (1996) was asked, "to develop and integrate a practical ethics program into the daily operations of a large organization."
The Ethics Resource Center (1996) developed a simple acronym of ethics filters to be used on decisions. They developed an acronym of PLUS meaning Policies, Legal, Universal, and Self. This simple acronym provided employees across the entire organizational hierarchy with the same ground rules. Decisions were filtered through these basic ethical and moral tests. In another example of applied ground rules, nurses have long since had them in their ethically challenging profession. Noureddine, S. (2000) clarifies that "when faced with an ethical dilemma, nurses use formula ethics, where ethical principles are applied to a specific case to determine what one ought to do." Decisions may have to be re-evaluated or reworked based on your personal or company's ethical ground rules. However, often, urgency is a deciding factor of influence on a decision. This can limit the available information on which to base a problem, which limits alternative solutions to a problem. The number of alternatives is especially important when discarding
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- Ethics Resource Center (1996) was asked, "to develop and integrate a practical ethics program into the daily operations of a large organization." ...
- Computer Ethics Institute (1992) states "Thou shalt always use a computer in ways that insure consideration and respect for your fellow humans." ...
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