Ethical Issues and Problems in Business and the Corporate World

Lesson 4

  Business

is a productive human activity that brings beneficial contribution to both people and society. produces employment, fair deals, creativity, advancement of technology, customer satisfaction, among others. is also an activity that provides an opportunity for some unscrupulous people to take advantage of others:

  Business

  Ironically, however, business

e.g. the abuse of fiduciary relationship between employers and employees and between the buyers and the sellers

1. Sexual Harassment

and other purposes. the Congress of the Philippines enacted the Anti-Sexual Act of 1995     For Declaring sexual harassment unlawful in the employment. this reason. education or training environment.What is Sexual Harassment?   This is an issue in the corporate world that must be looked into because it can create a hostile and unhealthy workplace for the employees. .

all forms of sexual harassment in the employment. applicants for employment. education or training environment are hereby declared unlawful. this end. and uphold the dignity of workers. students or those undergoing training. employees. guarantee full respect for human rights.Anti-Sexual Act of 1995   “The State shall value the dignity of every individual. instruction or education. enhance the development of its human resources.”   Towards .

” .The Civil Right Act of 1964 of United States of America   This is where our law was patterned defines sexual harassment as:   ”Unwelcome sexual advances. requests for sexual favors. and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment. unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance or creates an intimidating. hostile or offensive work environment.

influence or moral ascendancy over another in a work or training or education environment demands. having authority. trainor or any other person who. request or requirement for submission is accepted by the object of said act. employee.” . manager. teacher. 7877   Defines   sexual harassment as: Employer. requests or otherwise requires any sexual favor from the other. agent of the employer. professor.Republic Act No. supervisor. instructor. regardless of whether the demand. coach.

harassment has always occurred but there used to be no label for such behavior. sexual .Why Sexual Harassment Occurs?   Sexual harassment occurs due to power struggle between men and women as a response to a real or imagined loss of power or as an expression of retaliation or a flexing of the new power. also happens because some organizations and managers allow it to happen.   This   Historically.

They moved into jobs that were traditionally held by men. the past decades. responsibility of men and women became more specialized.   The   In .  The industrial revolution brought about changes in the traditional function of men and women which greatly increased gender specialization and formed a new kind of workplace in the western world. things continue to change. More and more women joined the workforce.

harassment is committed by a male against a female. the balance is shifting.  As a result of these changes.   When   When . Sexual harassment is one of the effect of this shift. it may be an expression of retaliation or flexing of the new power. committed by a woman towards a man. it may be a response to real or imagined loss of power.

  .  Quid Pro Quo harassment Harassment that creates a hostile environment 2.Two Types of Sexual Harassment 1.

A manager uses his authority to grant pay increases and promotions as a means to extort sexual favors from an employee.1. “go to bed with me and you will get that promotion you want.       e. Quid Pro Quo harassment   This means “this for that” (something for something) This is defined as requiring a sexual favor or interaction as a condition of employment or in exchange for an employment benefit (such as promotion.g. transfer. pay raise).” ..

religion. age.   This . or hostile environment in the workplace that interferes with work performance. or disability. sex. veteran status.2. national origin. type of harassment may be based on race. Harassment that creates a hostile environment   In the hostile environment type of harassment. offensive. marital status. sexual orientation. abuses include verbal. physical and visual conduct that creates an intimidating.

Some examples of a hostile environment
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Unwanted touching, patting, and pinching against a person Comments about your body, leering, wolf whistling, insults of a sexual nature, persistently pestering for a date. Displaying or circulating pornographic pictures with the intention of harassing someone / Posting of explicitly sexual materials Workplace blackmail- i.e. suggestion that sexual favors may further your career (or refusal may hinder it)

5. Green jokes 6. Obscene letters 7. Sexual propositions 8. Suggestive looks

The profiles of the Victim and the Harasser:

The victim as well as the harasser may be a woman or a man. The victim does not have to be of the opposite sex. The harasser can be the victim’s supervisor, an agent of the employer, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or a non-employee. The victim does not have to be the person harassed but could be anyone affected by the offensive conduct. The harasser’s conduct must be unwelcome.




  It is helpful for the victim to directly inform the harasser that the conduct is unwelcome and must stop. Harassment also occurs between customer/client and providers. The most common example is the boss-subordinate situation.       . The victim should use any employer complaint mechanism or grievance system available. more frequently the victim is in a position of lesser power than the accused. Although the victim of sexual harassment and the person accused of sexual harassment may be peers.

    . jokes.000 men and women were interviewed pertaining to sexual harassment.How Sexual Harassment Affects the Workplace   In   the study made by Rexbook Magazine in 1981: 140. The result revealed that 80%of the persons interviewed believed they have been sexually harassed. The study also showed that used of words. and gestures were the type of harassment which created a hostile environment or offensive work environment.

such case can generate costly lawsuits. who may be innocent.  It affected the individuals harassed and the person accused. It can also affect the bottom line of the employer. managers and co-workers. and affect the entire life of an organization and its members. unfavorable publicity or the invasion of privacy.   .

example for policy development are:   Some .How to Prevent Sexual Harassment in the Workplace   A significant step an organization can take in preventing sexual harassment in the workplace is through creating a safe. positive work environment by putting into practice a strong sexual harassment policy. secure.

  3. one that addresses non-management employees and one that addresses management 2.  .  A broad anti-harassment/positive environment policy that includes a statement that specifically addresses sexual harassment A separate sexual harassment policy that covers all organizational members Separate sexual harassment policy.1.

. dreadful publicity. people are incompetent of   Annoyed. scared. and ruin of an organization image that took years to establish. sexual harassment may result in costly lawsuits.   If not dealt with. disgraced performing well.  Sexual harassment is very costly and causes low morale among employees and decrease in productivity.

want a secure office. person.  Riddance of sexual harassment will come through the commitment of the organization and employees. free from threats and apprehension. male and female.   Most .

Even if the company already has a well-written policy.Communicating the Sexual Harassment Policy   The best policy is ineffective if it is not communicated well. it is important to expose it regularly through:         Permanent posting on bulletin board Memos Articles in the organization’s newsletter Meeting and trainings   Training program may come up with various topics to support the anti-harassment programs and to assure each employee of a safe and harassment-free workplace environment .

2. The Problem of Just Wage .

  The duty to preserve one’s life implies the duty to work and that each has a personal duty to take care of himself and not to be a burden to other. .     Being compensated for a work done or for services rendered is the very essence of ‘work’.   Most agreed that work is directed to the promotion of life.Work and Compensation   Work is said to be for the purpose of obtaining economic gain for the laborer.

.  Compensation One is willing to work in exchange for remuneration or rewards he will receive from working. harvest or commercial goods.   Such remuneration may include both financial and non-financial compensation. Thus. in-kind payments and other remunerative fringe benefits. shares on profits.   It can be in the form of wages. the general concern is that justice should be a substance of compensation.     The main objective of compensation is to create a system of rewards that is equitable to the employer and employee.

Catholic Church tells us.”   A   The . just wage is defined as the remuneration which is enough to support the wage-earner is reasonable and frugal comfort. “a just wage is the legitimate fruit of labor.The Question of Just Wage   A number of people all over the world commented on its definition and have argued on the appropriate criteria to consider in setting the so-called ‘Just Wage’.

00 P 345.00 .00 P22.00 P22.00   Retail/Service less   P 345.00 P 367.00 P 367.00 P22.00 P22.00 P 367.00 P 404.00 P 367.00   Agriculture (Plantation and Non Plantation)     Private   Hospitals with bed capacity of 100 or less Establishments employing 15 workers or P 345.00   Manufacturing   Establishments regularly employing less than 10 workers P 345.DAILY MINIMUM WAGE RATES National Capital Region (NCR) Effective 01 July 2010   Non-Agriculture   P 382.00 P22.

the workers are entitled to a living wage”   “That . as indicated in letter “g” Sec 3 of Art. XIII.Philippine Constitution   Spread in various parts of the 1987 Philippine Constitution are specific pronouncements and mandates on the protection and promotion of the rights of workers in the public and private sectors.

6727   The Wage Rationalization Act declared the policy of the State to rationalize the fixing of minimum wages and to promote productivity-improvement and gain-sharing scheme to ensure a decent standard of living for the workers and their families. The minimum wage rates shall be adjusted in a fair and equitable manner. considering existing regional disparities in the cost of living and other socio-economic factors.Republic Act No. .

Government Agencies Involved   In our country.   . determination of wages must also be adequate and just.   National Wage and Productivity Commission (NWPC)   Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards (RTWPB) These determine the minimum wage for Filipino workers   They handle the minimum wage rates of the workers of each and every region of the country.

It requires that employers pay at least the minimum wage. External Market Factor   These 2. Laws and Regulations   Workers refers to the supply and demand for labor and the so-called economic conditions and underemployment. should be paid in accordance with laws and regulations issued by the government. .Factors to consider in Formulation of Fair Wages 1.

Cost of Living   The 4. However not all companies have a minimum wage high enough to maintain a decent standard of living.   . cost of living relates to basic maintenance needs and it must be seriously considered in formulation of wages. A fair wage should be sufficient to meet the increase in cost of living.Factors to consider in Formulation of Fair Wages 3. Prevailing Industry Rate Some claim that paying workers the average of what other companies are paying for the same job result in a fair wage.

responsibilities. nature of the job itself entails the formulation of a just wage. the size of the company. . Duties.Factors to consider in Formulation of Fair Wages 5. Organizational Factors   Assessment 6. and the organization’s profitability to justify its ability to provide fair wages to its workers should be considered. and the skills requirements of the job are probably the most considerable determinants of fair wage. Job Factor   The of what type of industry the organization operates.

Factors to consider in Formulation of Fair Wages 7. . Individual Performance   The trend is that individual performance or productivity ratings affects the determination of wage/salary increases.

Some communities have a higher cost of living than others. and businesses usually conclude that they are legally and morally right when they fulfill their mutual agreement with the employees.Some Issues on Just Wage   The minimum wage mandated by the government is not a guarantee of a just and fair wage.   Organizations   Geographical . difference hinder the formulation of a perfectly common definition of fair wage.

is not usually met by majority of the employers.   Companies . the prevailing rate in industry alone could not perfectly establish a just wage. skills.  Wage indexation to cost of living. have different interpretations of the justifiable pay for certain job position. where wage is automatically adjusted with the increases of cost of living. and tasks. Thus.

Gift Giving and Bribery .3.

gift to customers.GIFT-GIVING   Is merely an act of extending goodwill to an individual in an effort to share something with particular others. New Year.   Giving   It . clients and business partners is a common practice in the business community. is normally observed during special occasions like Christmas. and sometimes even during birthdays.

Reasons why business usually engage in gift-giving 1.  .  To show appreciation for a favor received To effectively establish goodwill with business partners.  3. To advertise To compete effectively against competitors 2.  4.

The following are the common forms of Gift-Giving   Samples   Raffle   Patronage awards coupons / certificates   Rebates / cash refund   Padding expense accounts   Premiums   Prizes (rewards)   Tie-up promotions   Allowance   Free goods   Tips .

intentionally or not. is not always easy. between what is right and wrong.Is Gift-Giving Ethical or Unethical?   Business gift of clients and business associates can raise conflict of interest problems. is indeed difficult to determine the morality of giving gift. and knowing where to draw the line. clear point is that those who cross that line.   The   It . end up in big trouble.

  Most agree that accepting and receiving bribe is a violation of professional ethics.   Not . but we may not always find it easy to determine what is and is not a bribe. just as not all cases of taking another’s property should be considered theft. all examples of giving and accepting gift and amenities qualify as bribery.

Factors in Determining the Morality of Gift-Giving 1.  2.  4.  5.  7.  Value of the gift Purpose of the gift Circumstances under which the gift was given or received Position between or relationship of the giver and receiver Acceptable business practice in the industry Company policy Laws and Regulations .  3.  6.

  It   It . is intended to induce people inside the business or other organizations to make decisions that would be justifiable according to normal business or other criteria. was the identified to be a form of corruption and is generally immoral and for most is illegal.BRIBERY   It is defined as a practice of giving renumeration for performance of an act that is inconsistent with the work contract or the nature of the work one has been hired to perform.

  Renumerations, termed

as bribes, can be in a form of money, gift, entertainment, or preferential treatment. of bribery:

  Example

A motorist offered a certain amount of money to a police officer in order not to be issued a ticket for speeding.   A construction company shared percentage of its income to a civil servant in order to win a contract.   A narcotics smuggler bribed a judge to lessen criminal penalties.

Bribery is obviously unethical because of the following reasons:
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is generally used as an instrument to gain personal or corporate advantage. corrupts the concept of justice and equality

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  Bribery

produces cynicism and a general distrust of institution

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destroys people’s trust in the integrity of professional services, of government and the courts, of law enforcement, religion, and anything it touches. treats people as commodities whose honor can be bought and sold. It thus tends to degrade the respect we owe to other human beings.

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4. The Morality of Advertising

the consumers would not be aware of the presence of diverse products and services available in the market.   Without   Sometimes. advertising. the mere presence of advertising can sell a product due to consumer perception that a heavily advertised product is a product of “good value”.  Advertising plays a very significant role in marketing goods and services. even .

defines advertising as:   “any paid form of non-personal presentation and promotion of ideas. .  Philip Kotler . goods. benefits and how it might serve the needs and wants of individuals.famous marketing guru . or services by an identified sponsor”   Wells and Burnett likewise defined advertising as:   “paid non-personal communication from an identified sponsor using mass media to persuade or influence and audience”   The primary purpose of advertising is to inform potential buyers of the availability of a certain product by providing relevant information on its uses.

advertising in itself is not bad or immoral since it helps achieve the goals of both the seller and buyer. the advertisements become deceptive.  However.   From   It . misleading. only becomes immoral when. the use of advertising today has not been serving its intended purpose since very little information is conveyed to consumers and more often the information is not even useful. and manipulative. the point of morality. in the attempt to persuade consumers.

  There is only one criterion in evaluating the morality of advertising. If an advertisement contains false statement and “lies”. Lying is immoral while falsehood is not necessarily immoral. are also shortcomings to this approach since the truth in advertising can be contrasted with either falsehood or lying. then it is said to be immoral.   An   There . and that is “truth”. advertisement that conveys truthful information is morally permissible.

  This may not occur not only through sentences but also through pictures. or which represents the product without making any statement. in this case.Some Issues in Advertising Deceptive Advertising These are those which either make a false statement and therefore.     An example of this is one where pictures from the box of the product do not look the same as the contents of the product. . individual words. the picture is said to be deceptive. lie. or objects that can deceive our eye and mind.

are used to imply what cannot be said. help stop   Like. help prevent. can be. up to. fight.   We are usually accustomed to ads that contain phases like: help. .Use of Weasel Words   The use of weasel words is often complementary to ambiguity in advertising.   One example of a commonly used weasel word is “Help”   Help means to aid or assist. as much as.   Weasel words are used to avoid from a direct or straightforward statement.

This occurs when advertisements tend to make false claims of the benefits of the goods or services which is actually unsupported by valid evidences. claims that a pain reliever provides “extra pain relief” or is “50 percent stronger than aspirin.   For example. .Exaggeration   Consumers might also be misled through exaggeration.” that it “upsets the stomach less frequently” or is “superior to any other nonprescription painkiller on the market” contradict evidence that all analgesics are effective to the same degree.

personal enjoyment. prestige. It influences by implying that doing what is suggested will satisfy a subconscious desire. imitation. and often should not have to be effective. self-esteem and the most pervasive of all are sexual pitches. curiosity.   Richard F. .       Psychological appeal does not have to make sense. Taflinger defines psychological appeal as a visual or aural influence on subconscious mind and emotions.Psychological Appeals There are some advertisements that are directed at arousing human emotional needs rather than reason. Some psychological appeals that advisers use to motivate people to buy products are: power. acceptance. masculinity. approval. femininity.

000 TV commercials every year.   The average child is exposed to more than 40. Moreover. .Ads Directed at Children Most advertisers have recognized that advertising to children is effective and eventually became a big business recently. movies and television shows are being linked to the selling of toys and other items featured in commercials with character stamped on various products. Kids are the most pure consumers in that they tend to interpret ads literally.   Children are special group of consumers who do not regard reason.         The aim of advertisers is for the children to pester their parents to buy things for them. Children generally remember what they see.

cosmetics. respect to food. the Department of Health is the agency that oversees these products   With . devices and hazardous substance.”   The Department of Trade and Industry is responsible for enforcing the provisions of the act. drugs.Philippine Law on Advertising CONSUMER ACT OF THE PHILIPPINES   Article 108 of the act declares that “The State shall protect the consumer from misleading advertisements and fraudulent sale promotion practices.

or other medium for the purpose of inducing or which is likely to induce directly or indirectly the purchase of consumer product and services. radio. television. Deceptive and Misleading Advertisement   Article 108 states that : it shall be unlawful for any person to disseminate or to cause the dissemination of any false. outdoor advertisement. deceptive or misleading advertisement by Philippine mail or in commerce by print.” .False.

composition. drugs. or deceptive. or safety. quantity. drugs. cosmetic. value. merit. or is likely to create an erroneous impression regarding its character. misleading.  No claim in the advertisement should be made that is not contained in the label or approved by DOH It is unlawful to advertise any food. cosmetic. no person shall advertise any article or substance in a manner that is likely to be mistaken for such product.  . device or hazardous substance that is false. Cosmetics.  3. Where a standard has been prescribed for a food. Drugs. Device or Hazardous Substance 1.Special Requirements for Food. unless the product actually complies with the prescribed standard. 2. or device.

Special Requirements for Food. No advertisements for any food. drugs. cosmetic. Device or Hazardous Substance 4. Drugs. Advertisement of any food. 5. unless such laboratory report is duly approved by DOH. or hazardous substance may not make use of any reference to any laboratory report of analysis required to be submitted to the Department of Health. cosmetic. drugs. Cosmetics. . device. device. or hazardous substance may be allowed unless such product is duly registered and approved by DOH.

the PANA has been engaged in a continuing campaign to regulate abuses committed by untruthful advertisers. Since then. PANA issued a Code of Ethics which includes the following statement of general principles:   The .Philippine Association of National Advertisers (PANA)   In 1958. advertisers formed the Philippine Association of National Advertisers (PANA).

 Good  Good . advertising depends for its success on public confidence. Hence. it cannot permit those practices that tend to impair this confidence. Good advertising recognizes both its economic and social responsibility to help reduce distribution costs and to serve the public interest. advertising aims to inform the consumer and help him buy intelligently.

 Good advertising tells the truth. honest. made on the merits of the product or service advertised.  Good  Good . advertising seeks public acceptance on the basis of positive and constructive statements. rather than by the disparagement of competition. It is accurate. advertising conforms not only to the laws but also to the generally accepted standards of good taste and decency and to moral and aesthetic sentiments of the country. and trustworthy.

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advertisement does not allow any activity that involves the exploitation of the goodwill, attached to any other firm, product or service. It does not imitate or stimulate trademarks, firm names, packages, labels and such advertising devices as illustration, copy, layouts, or slogan. advertising helps to dignify the individual and contribute to the building of a civilized society.

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5. Office Romance

  Surveys

says that somewhere from 25-33 percent of the employees at a given company have had office romances once in their careers. three-fourths of the people in the survey believe that a romance at the office is acceptable. believe that it is uncalled for and unprofessional to mingle romance with business purposes.

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  It   Office .What is Office Romance?   It is defined as a relationship between two people who are employed by the same organization. romance is likely to happen as long as men and women work together. is characterized by mutual attraction between the parties and a desire for a personal. romantic relationship.

do not want a workplace where employees are uncomfortable to work.The Company’s Stand   The company is trapped in the middle of office romances present in the organization. they   This . is why a lot of companies come up with a policy that covers office romances and educate all employees or the guidelines and effects through trainings and seminars.   Top   Conversely. management does not want to interfere unduly with their employee’s personal life and their right for privacy.

mutual support to each other at work. and other personal experiences. Employees tend to view work as fun even when pressures begin to pile up. Employees involved in a love relationship overcome rough times at work because of mutual support and inspiration.         .Benefits of Office Romance   These benefits include friendship. Romance becomes the reason to keep their jobs. Love and companionship in the office give the employees the relief and reason to overcome problems that come along their way.

Disadvantages of Office Romance   Damaged   Disturb professional reputations co-workers in productivity   Changes   Dating the boss affairs   Extramarital .

in order to respect the rights of all members of the organization. but may want to lessen the bad effects. this risks legal encounters. Others are in favor of the positive effects of office romance.   For example: some companies may allow relations between coworkers with the same rank.Ethical Issues in Office Romance   Interventions Some companies want to restrict their employees to engage in office romance.   Policies regarding office romance need to be decided with vigilant thought and prudence.     Legal   / Ethical Considerations When one or both involved parties are required to leave the company. .

while another may consider it offensive and therefore.   One of the persons involve in a failed romance may seek vengeance. .   There are few reasons why this issue may exist.  Sexual   Harassment Sexual harassment may sometimes arise when a bad workplace romance is terminated. or would want to remove the other person involved. One may consider flirting acceptable which may eventually lead to a romance.   There may be misinterpretation on the part of each party. may try to revive. a harassment.

6. The Problem of Fair Pricing .

a fair price is one that man has not yet resolved. though some factors are considered such as: a)  The cost of material b)  Operating and marketing expenses c)  A reasonable profit margin     These factors constitute to set price fairly though it is not enough to provide a precise answer on what a fair price is. . One should assess the factors on which the price is based and the processes that determine it.  In general.

  B.  E.Ethical Issues in Fair Price A.  D.  C.  G.  F. .    True cost of the product is concealed Suggested retail price Use of electronic scanners Promotional pricing Follow the leader pricing Price gouging Price fixing The “Suki” system of the Filipino business compromises the fair price of a regular customer from the new ones.

Trade Secrets and Corporate Disclosure .7.

vendors. employee data. and documents memorializing important negotiations     . Examples of trade secret include customers identities and preferences. These includes essentially any confidential business information such as customer lists. product pricing. and other competitively valuable information. marketing strategies. manufacturing processes. company finances. That piece of information allows the company to compete effectively.TRADE SECRET   A trade secret is the legal term for confidential business information. financial information. production cost or sales data.

and other illegal matters. secret law prevents misappropriation. breach of fiduciary obligation. theft. A wrongful taking can occur in a variety of manners. example. the taking of information would be wrongful when the taking is a breach of contract.Trade Secret Act   The Trade Secret Act prevents wrongful taking of confidential or secret information. wrongful taking.   Trade   For . of trade secret information.

    The first basis speaks of information required for a fair transaction. A transaction is considered fair if the person has the appropriate information needed for the transaction .CORPORATE DISCLOSURE   According   to De George: The moral basis for corporate disclosure rests primarily on the following arguments: 1. Each person has the right to the information he needs to enter into a transaction fairly.

  . Each person has the right to those actions of others that will seriously and adversely affect him or her.2.   As stated in the law. The second basis speaks of the moral responsibility of the person. But a person is permitted to do something that “might” cause others harm. it is clear that a person is not morally permitted to harm others.

8. Product Misrepresentation .

It is a situation where the person involved believes that it is the right and acceptable things to do.Misrepresentation   Misrepresentation is observed when there is a transformation of information to misinformation. It is commonly called as white lie. . There are two types of misrepresentation: 1. commonly known as lying. 2.  Unintentional misrepresentation – a scenario whereby the person is not aware and does not deliberately act on misrepresenting things.  Intentional Misrepresentation – a scenario whereby the person is fully aware or deliberately misrepresents things.

takes place when the person’s action are not in congruence with his thoughts with the intention to deceive others. themselves.   A lie therefore.   It happens when somebody tries to convince others with untrue statements. .   St. do not believe in.Definition of Lying   Lying can be defined as the act of making others believe something that they. Augustine   defines lying as: A speech that is contrary to what the person is thinking with the intention to deceive.

  Statement like: I was at the office around 8:00 a.Types of Lying Use of ambiguous terms   It Use of false statements   It is the act of deliberately using vague terms or open-ended statements that can have several meanings to mislead people that one is telling the truth. . is the act of making a statement from which false conclusions may be drawn eventually misleading others.   This is often observed in advertising a product to be the “best-seller” brand.m.

Type of Lying Through action   It Suppression of correct information   It is a type of lying where the person gets caught in the act of wrongdoing.   Example: when someone is caught red-handed of stealing and still denies the accusation is an intentional or unintentional act of hiding the correct information which eventually mislead others. .   This act is sometimes observed in some crime scenes wherein a witness conceals he truth for the sake of his own security.

It is passive deception and not as obvious compared to direct misrepresentation. It is characterized by omitting adverse information about the product or service. 2.Business Practices Involving Misrepresentation and Lying Other Type of Misrepresentation 1. But it still contributes to the impression that businessmen are liars and are out to make quick moey. Indirect misrepresentation   . Direct misrepresentation   It is characterized by actively misrepresenting something about the product or service. It gives the business a bad name because deception and lying are used in the process of selling the product to the customers.

Some examples of misrepresentation Direct Misrepresentation   Deceptive Indirect Misrepresentation   Caveat packaging   Adulteration   Misbranding or mislabeling   Short weighing   Short-changing   Short measuring   Short numbering   Misleading advertisement Emptor (let the buyer beware)   Deliberately withholding information   Business ignorance .

The Morality of Labor Strike .9.

an ordinary usage. the term strike is often used to describe all work stoppages. regardless of the origin of the dispute. is a tactic often employed by labor unions during collective bargaining with an employer.Strike Action or Strike   It describe collective action undertaken by groups of workers in the form of a refusal to perform work.   This   In .

Workers go on strike for different reasons:   For higher compensation   To improve the workplace   For shorter working days   To stop their wages from going down   For more benefits   Because they think their company has been unfair  Conditions for employment include wages. and several other circumstances that affect the work of the workers. and safety. sanitation. hours. .

.What are the Basic Rights of Employees?   LABOR   This CODE OF THE PHILIPPINES is an act to strengthen the constitutional rights of workers to self-organization and free collective bargaining and to penalize unfair labor practices.

. but refuse to work. is a strike affecting all areas of a labor force across many industries.TYPES OF STRIKE Sit-down Strike   This General Strike   This is a strike in which workers show up to work. typically throughout an entire country or a large section thereof.   It may include preventing transports from entering or living in an institution or a company.

TYPES OF STRIKE Sympathy Strike   This Jurisdictional Strike   This is a strike initiated by workers in one industry and supported by workers in a separate but related industry. refers to a concerted refusal to work undertaken by a union to assert its members’ right to particular job assignments and to protest the assignment of disputed work to members of another union or to unorganized workers. .

or without a unon. is against the will of the leadership of the union.TYPES OF STRIKE Economic Strike   This Wildcat Strike   This is based on a demand for better wages or benefits than the employer wants to provide. .

TYPES OF STRIKE Slow down Strike   This Recognition Strike   This is a form of work stoppage in which employees deliberately reduce their individual production. is a kind of strike forcing employers to recognize and deal with them. .

  Any   Workers . employee has a right to withhold his labor services from an employer if he does not like the pay and benefits the employer offers. who are willing to work for a strike and the employer who wishes to hire them have a legitimate right to do so.Is There a Right to Strike?   The right to strike is integral to the process of wage bargaining in an industrial economy.

Whistle-Blowing .10.

or threatening to the public interest. fraud. be it of the employer or his fellow employees.   Whistle-blower   This is someone in an organization who witnesses behavior by members that is either contrary to the mission of the organization. and who decides to speak out publicly about it.Whistle-Blowing   This is the disclosure by an employee of confidential information which relates to some danger. or other illegal or unethical conduct connected with the workplace. .

or officer of any institution who believes that he has been ordered to perform some act or he obtained knowledge that the institution is engaged in activities which: a)  b)  c)  d)  Are believed to cause unnecessary harm to third parties. Run counter to the defined purpose of the institution or organization. Are in violation of human rights.Whistle-blower   He is a person. employee. . and Informs the public of this facts.

Types of Whistle-Blowing Internal Whistle-Blowing   This External Whistle-Blowing   This occurs within the organization. public interest groups. . or non-government organization. It is revealing illegal and immoral activities within the organization to outside individuals or groups such as media men.” occurs outside the organization. regulatory body. It is going “over the head of immediate supervisors to inform higher management of the wrongdoing.

B.  .  C. Alumni – those who blow the whistle on former employers.Kinds of External Whistle-blowing A.  Current – those who blow the whistle on present employers. Open – whistle-blower discloses his identity Anonymous – whistle-blower who does not disclose his identity.  D.

External Whistle-Blower  External whistle-blowers experience each of the following forms of retaliation:  Lost their job or were forced to retire  Received negative job performance evaluations  Had work more closely monitored by supervisors  Were criticized or avoided by co-workers  Were blacklisted from getting another job in their field .

Internal Whistle-Blower  Internal whistle-blowing produces less retaliation but also experience severe emotional effects of their whistle blowing activity:  Severe depression on anxiety  Feeling of isolation or powerless  Distrust of others  Declining physical health  Severe financial decline  Problems with family relations .

11. Multi-level Marketing (MLM) and Pyramiding .

is a system of selling through many levels of distributors. thus the word “multi-level Marketing” gets a percentage on the price of the product being sold.Multi-Level Marketing   Multi-level marketing is a system of selling in which one signs up other people to assist him. recruit others to help them.   It   Each . This is also known as direct selling companies. and they in turn.

  Most became successful because the main focus of their activities is the product sale. .  Common         companies of this type are: Avon Cosmetics Triumph International Sara Lee Direct Selling Tupperware Phils.

hallmark of these schemes is the promise of skyhigh returns in a short period of time for doing nothing other than handling over your money and getting others to do the same.Pyramiding   In the classic “pyramid” scheme.   The . participants attempt to make money solely by recruiting new participants into the program.

the heart of each pyramid is typically a representation that new participants can recoup their original investments by inducing others to make the same investments.  Pyramid schemes focus on the exchange of money and recruitment.   At   Each . person you bring to your pyramid is promised future monetary rewards or bonuses based on your advancement up the structure.

lose their money. the promoter cannot raise enough money from new investors to pay earlier investors. these fraudsters simply use money coming in from new recruits to pay off early stage investors.     . and many people except those at the very top of the pyramid.  The fraudsters behind the pyramid scheme may go to great lengths to make the program look like a legitimate Multi-level marketing program. At some point the schemes get too big. But eventually the pyramid will collapse. But despite their claims to have legitimate products or services to sell. Many losers pay for a new winners.

The pyramid will collapse when no new participants can be recruited.   At .  Pyramid   It operates on recruitment. the 13th level they need to have 13 billion new recruits which is impossible to sustain the pyramid. The 6 recruits will again get six to join making the number involved 36 and will recruit and recruit till they reach 1296 participants in the pyramid. starts with one person that encourages six participants to join.

The Difference between Multi-Level Marketing and Pyramid .

. 3.  Income generated only on product sales. 5.  Legal 2.  Illegal Income is generated solely on the process of recruiting others into the pyramid.  2.  3.  4.  Consumable.  Provides training program. reasonably priced quality products.MULTI-LEVEL MARKETING (MLM) PYRAMID 1. slower moving products. 1.  Services legitimate economic function such as a channel of distribution for relatively small or new companies with excellent products. No training program. No legitimate economic function such as no economic benefits. 4. Few retail sales and high cost. but a mere transfer of money from one person to another without legitimate business.  5.

Recruiting participants get benefits from recruitment. 9. 7. Sponsoring participants earn nothing by mere sponsoring. 8. products are sold to the consuming public. 10. Recruitment is optional. 6. 9. Largely.MULTI-LEVEL MARKETING (MLM) PYRAMID 6. Products are consumed internally within the organization. Little effort or no effort is being made to sell to the public. . 7. Earnings are ultimately tied to product consumption of end users. 10.Bonus entitlements are based on goods absorbed by members within the structure. 8. Bonuses are based on sales to final users who are not members of the scheme. Earning are tied to the act of recruitment. Enormous efforts to sell are exerted.

if the answer to any of these statements is no. to them.   According . then beware.  The Direct Selling Association of the Philippines or DSAP presented the final 8-point test to determine a pyramiding company.You might just be a victim of a pyramiding scam.

will participants still make money? .  Do the products have fair market value? 4.  Will you receive commission on the joining fees of your prospects? 7.  Are there legitimate products? 2.  If recruitment is to be stopped today.  Is there and intent to sell the products? 3.1.  Is there a product return policy? 6.  Is there a compelling reason to buy the products being offered? 5.  Is there a correlation between recruiting and distributor’s commissions? 8.

It is unstoppable. who in turn will attempt to recruit more salespeople. a human “churning” machine with no “off button”. It is designed to recruit so many salespeople. When the inevitable destiny occurs. Out of control by design. the only money that may be made isn’t from the product or service but from the losses of people down the organization . time and entrepreneurial energy of the wellmeaning who joined to supplement their income.   Pyramid’s design can saturate the market with no one noticing.Market saturation: An inherent problem in a pyramid. its gears will grind up the money. and so on until the market is saturated.

2. The . intentions are bad. Too much materialism and greed. 3.Moral issues in pyramiding 1. making them believe that they are a legitimate MLM. They con the public.

. 53   states of RA 7394 (the Consumer Act of the Philippines) that chain distribution plans or plans or pyramid sales shall not be employed in the sale of consumer products.   Art.   RA 3883 or Business Name Law   which empowers DTI to cancel license of any business which does not conform with the registered business name or style.Legal Issues of Pyramiding  The Department of Trade and Industry or DTI can take action under two existing laws.

Tips to consider when you make your decision before joining a plan: 1. Just because a promoter of a plan makes a claim doesn’t mean it is true. Ask the promoter of the plan to substantiate claims with hard evidence especially when the claims abut the product or your potential earnings seem to good to be true. . of plan that claim to sell miracle products or promise enormous earnings.  Beware the 8 point test presented in this chapter.  Consult 2.

4.3. Do not pay or sign any contract in an “opportunity meeting” or any other high-pressure situation. Insist on taking your time to think over a decision to join. doesn’t create new wealth. . The only wealth gained by any participant is a loss by another participant. Remember that no amount of personal testimonial and affirmation that there is money to gain in pyramiding will dispute the fact that pyramiding.

12. Unfair Competition .

practices include under cost selling or selling their products below cost just to get rid of their competitors.   Some . competition.   Thus. competition becomes bad only when it eliminates a competitor like in cutthroat competition.Is competition good or bad?   Competition is healthy and can be a motivation for firms to produce better products or offer better services. firm can just relax and quality will   Without suffer.

  It is and extreme type of imperfect competition characterized by an lack of competition and a lack of viable substitute goods. since it is in all the members interest to maintain a stable market and profitable prices.   It is a type of imperfect competition where they can not dictate price like a monopoly can but the members of an oligopoly often turn into friendly competitors.   as a market situation where there is only one provider of a kind of product or service.Different Kinds of Competition Monopoly   Defined Oligopoly A situation where there are few sellers for a product or service. .

the prices go up and when the demand goes down.Different Kinds of Competition Perfect Competition It is a situation in which no firm or consumer is large enough to dictate prices. the prices will go the same way   .   The prices are dictated by the law of supply and demand which states that when the supply is scare.

competition is a rivalry to serve the customer .   In a business competition.  In short. two or more parties are vying for the opportunity to provide the customer’s needs whether it’s a product or service.Difference Between a War and Competition   In a war. two contenders fighting hurl directly at each other.

behavior and judgment. Attaining success in business through the merits of its products or services. .Difference between Fair and Unfair Competition   Fair competition is doing business under ethical rules of conduct. Doing business with the goal of profit without regard to others.   Unfair competition is unethical business practice.

trademarks and service marks.  Caveat emptor or indirect misinterpretation by withholding information from the buyer.  Violation of intellectual property right such as copyrights.  Business interference to prevent competitor from continuing with it’s business process or business contract. .  Defamation of a competitor or badmouthing a competitor to a consumer.  Anti-competitive market practices such as under cost selling to kill the competitor. patents.In general. unfair competition consists of:  Deceptive trade practices such as misinterpretation and false advertising.

Government Measures: The Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines (R.A. 8293)   It aims to provide an intellectual property and industrial property system which will enhance the development of domestic and creative activity. attract foreign investments. . and ensure market access for our products. facilitate transfer of technology.

A. his business from those of others.  Article   168 of R. This article states that a person who has identified in the mind of the public the good he manufacturers or deals in. and will protected as any other property rights. whether or not a registered mark is employed. 8293 is specifically about unfair competition on the use of trademarks. service marks. and trade names. has property right in the goodwill of the said goods identified. .

. either in the goods themselves or in the wrapping of the packages.  Any person who is selling his goods and gives the general appearance of the goods of another. which would likely influence buyers to believe that the products being offered are those of a manufacturer or dealer other than the actual manufacturer.The following shall be deemed guilty of unfair competition: A.

C. induces the false belief that such person is offering the services of another who has identified such services in the mind of the public. by any artifice. services.  . or business of another. or device.B.  Any person who. Any person who shall make false statement in the course of trade or shall commit any other act in bad faith to discredit the goods.

13. Money Laundering .

fraud. including illegal arms sales. The principal objective of money laundering is to convert cash to some other form of asset to conceal the illegal sources or origin of cash income.What is Money Laundering?   Money Laundering is the process of disguising illegally obtained money so that the funds appear to come from legitimate sources or activities. and terrorism. Money laundering occurs in connection with a wide variety of crimes. robbery. drug trafficking.     . racketeering.

prostitution.  The Term "money laundering” is said to originate from Mafia ownership of Laundromats in the United States. needed to show a legitimate source for these monies. gambling.   Gangsters   They . and bootleg liquor. there were earning huge sums in cash from extortion.

This is a staggering amount and detrimental by any calculation to the financial systems involved.  One of the ways in which they were able to do this was by purchasing outwardly legitimate business and by combining their illicit earnings with the legitimate earnings they received from these businesses. size of the money laundering problem totals more than $500 billion annually worldwide.   Estimated   Clearly . the problem is enormous. It is also clear that money laundering extends far beyond hiding drug profits.

Money Laundering Process   Money laundering is a diverse and often complex process.physically placing bulk cash proceeds. Placement . . It is during the placement stage that physical currency enters the financial system and illegal proceeds are most vulnerable to detection. It basically involves three independent steps that often occur simultaneously: 1.

During the final stage in the laundering process. illicit funds are integrated with monies from legitimate commercial activities as they enter the mainstream economy. . Layering – separating the proceeds from criminal activity from their origins through layers of complex financial transaction. 3. Layering describes an activity intended to obscure the trail which is left by “dirty” money. Integration – providing an apparently legitimate explanation for the illicit proceeds.2.

and ultimately the democratic institutions of society. crime can infiltrate financial institutions. or bribes to public officials.   Organized   The . acquire control of large sectors of the economy through investments. economic and political influence of criminal organizations can weaken the social fabric. if left unchecked or dealt with effectively.Impact of Money Laundering in Society   The possible social and political costs of money laundering. are serious. collective ethical standards.

and arms dealers and other criminals to operate and expand their criminal empires. terrorism. money laundering is inextricably linked to the underlying criminal activity that generated it.   Organized . Laundered funds provide financial support for drug dealers.  Most fundamentally. Laundering enables criminal activity to continue. money laundering has devastating social consequences.

  Transfer to and from the financial system Cross-border flows of cash .  3. The Choke points identified are: 1.    Entry of cash into the financial system 2.How can the Government prevent it?   The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on Money Laundering has identified certain “choke” points in money laundering process that the launderer finds difficult to avoid and where he is vulnerable to detection.

and counter-measures and promotes the adoption and implementation of FATF anti-money laundering standards globally. The FATF monitors members progress in implementing anti-money laundering measures.   . And law enforcement experts from its members. techniques. reviews and reports on laundering trends.Financial Action Task Force (FATF)   The   role of Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is a multiple disciplinary body that brings together the policy-making power of legal. financial.

14. Conflict of Interest .

It means something more than individual bias. ordinarily financial. Applies not only to the personal financial interest of the individual but also to the interest of others with whom the individual has substantial common financial interest if these interests are relevant to the functions to be performed.Conflict of Interest   This occurs when a person act in a way that is to his advantage at the expense of the employing organization. There must be an interest. Applies only to current interests. Does not apply to past and future interests. that could be directly affected by the work of the committee.       .

For example.Dealing   For 2. . Accepting Benefits   Bribery example.Types of Typical Conflict of Interest 1. Self. Another instance is using your government position to get a summer job for your daughter is one example. you are the purchasing agent of your department and you accept a case of liquor from a major supplier. you work for the government and use your official position to secure a contract for a private consulting company you own. substantial gifts are another.

while in the second. the employer’s permission eliminates the conflict. Or it might be a bit more subtle. Influence Peddling   Here. This could be as obvious as stealing office supplies for home use. Using your employer’s property for private advantage   professional solicits benefits in exchange for using her influence to unfairly advance the interest of a particular party. using software which is licensed to your employer for private consulting work of your own. the 4. say.Types of Typical Conflict of Interest 3. it does not . In the first case.

is a risky situation can be one in which a person who resigns from a public or private employment and goes into business in the same area. Post-employment   Here example would be setting up a business on the side that is in direct competition with your employer. Outside employment or Moonlighting   An 6. .Types of Typical Conflict of Interest 5.

to provide a special advantage to a spouse or child. Conflict of interest interferes with professional responsibilities in a special way.  There is a private or personal interest. but it could also be another sort of interest. Often this is a financial interest.Key Elements: 1. namely. 2.  . by interfering with objective professional judgment. say.

15. Inside Trading .

Inside Trading   This refers to the significant facts that have not yet made public and are likely to affect stock prices. is being prohibited by the rules and regulations of the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC)   It .

SEC defines insider as: 1. clearing agency and/or self-regulatory organization who has access to material information about an issuer or a security that is not generally available in public.  the issuer a director or officer of. or a person controlling the issuer.  3. A person who learns such information by a communication from any of the foregoing insiders. officer of an exchange.  4. gives or gave him access to material information about the issuer or the security that is not generally available to the public A government employee. .  2.

(conflict of interest) use of information by someone within the firm to secure personal advantage over those not in the firm. at the expense of the firm.  The .Moral Arguments   De George cites 2 aspects of this particular problem: 1. (breach of loyalty) 2.  One is that of someone within the firm using information for his own private gain.

promotes greed and personal gain at the expense of others.Ethical Issues Relating to Insider Trading   It violates fiduciary relationships b/w insiders and outside clients. renders the transaction b/w two contracting parties as unfair.   It   It .

they may seriously damage its interests.   . She contends by saying that employees have a duty to act in the interests of the firm and its shareholders. but many ways of profiting from insider information do not benefit the company at all.  Professor   Jennifer Moore argues that insider trading is wrong because it undermines the fiduciary relationship. which is central to business management. Indeed.

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