Ethics First

As one person, it is difficult to resolve all problems, but as one person you, you personally, significant leader, you DO get to set your organisational or corporate culture.

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Dear Organisation Leader-CEO,

A corporate policy and focus on *Ethics* will radically transform your organisation. The underlying, and of course, often overt focus, is on profit. The typical employee just takes for granted this is the only goal. Sadly, the good of profit is easily subverted, especially by the “winning” mindset, which does whatever in the name of its objective.

However, if Ethics, and being Ethical, are seen as the way to be cool inside the company, if being Ethical becomes a Point-of-Pride, this focus becomes radically transformative. Your organisation’s mistakes, those glaring missteps you aim to correct, all would not, and could not, have happened if Being Ethical had been the number one consideration in the company. Profits *can* be made *ethically.* Easily. In today’s world, despite being the right thing to focus on, it would also be a revolutionary and enlightened step toward the obvious, garnering much public support.

As one person, it is difficult to resolve all problems, but as one person you, you personally, significant leader, you DO get to set your organisational or corporate culture. If you wish to have any hope of your entity surviving beyond the next few years, a shift away from the inadvertent greed culture promoted by a focus on profit and personal achievement, to a Culture of Ethics and More than profit only, is vitally imperative. Of course profit is important, it pays the cheques. But, as a matter of motivation, doing what’s good and meaningful, helping the world, and doing so ethically, is monumentally more empowering, causing employees to *want* to work.

If you truly wish to address those problems, fix the root cause, not the symptoms or consequences. Making the shift to Ethics being the principal culture and focus of your system will be revolutionary. It will require courage, as you, your employees, and your company are held to this standard. But that external pressure can be used as positive leverage, further enhancing the value of the shift to Ethics First. (Perhaps you might want to start #EthicsFirst.)

You might resolve those problems, and likely will to some degree, however there is a problem which is mightily difficult to resolve, and that is the problem of being the “big guy,” one of the downsides of success. You become the enemy over time by mere virtue of size and success. The problems of corporate-organisation culture are of course magnified disproportionately when under the scrutiny brought about by the extra attention resulting from being an out-sized giant and success. I firmly believe the only way to counteract this inevitable rot is to make Ethics the firm resolute commitment and culture of your employees.

Successfully making Ethics the first consideration of your organisation will be that bulwark against the undeserved criticism large business entities attract. *Showing* rather than promising by way of such a profound culture shift will be massively influential. Not only as to how to practically implement, but the wider public discussion this will engender. Changing the world begins at home, in your case, a large and influential home.

It doesn’t take much to see how your troubles would not have happened if a culture of Ethics First had been in place. Those mistakes of judgement could not have happened. They only did because of the assumption of profits first, Ethics second, if Ethics was even in consideration at all.

If you truly wish to do something meaningful and impactful, start with prioritising Ethics.


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Kuong Chi Ian (Chloe)
Kuong Chi Ian (Chloe)

i agree with that ethics should always comes first

Jaime Flores III
Jaime Flores III

Ethics should be one of the first things schools and parents teach Filipino kids! One of the main reasons our country is still a bit underdeveloped because not a lot deem ethics important and it’s money money money to them! Great article!

Jv Canlas
Jv Canlas

Focusing on the root cause rather than the symptoms or the consequences and fixing the main problem makes the organization makes their services greater. Ethics should always come first.