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Business Ethics in Asia: Staying Clean in the Quagmire of Unethical Business Practices - Speech by AC Capital Managing Director, Alistair J. Nicholas, to Asia-Pacific Regional Management Team of A Global Fortune 100 Company Graphic from The Economist, 28 February 2002 The Ethics Dilemma Business’ contract with society Do cultural differences apply? ã Are companies subject to a social contract? ã Is the social contract different in Asia to Europe and North America? ã Can we know right and wron
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  Business Ethics in Asia: Staying Clean in the Quagmire of Unethical Business Practices -Speech by AC Capital Managing Director, Alistair J.Nicholas, to Asia-Pacific Regional Management Teamof A Global Fortune 100 Company Graphic from The Economist,28Februar 2002  The Ethics Dilemma Business’contract with society ãAre companies subject to a social contract? Do cultural differences apply? ãIs the social contract different in Asia to Europe and NorthAmerica?ãCan we know right and wrong? Corporate responsibility ãCan companies make a difference? A more moral world ãGreat expectationsãBacked by legislationãAnd globalisation What about the “grey”areas? ãDrinking, playing golf, karaoke, dining the taxman, etc. Doing well by doing good  Business’Contract with Society Does business have responsibilities ãIs business’role only to maximise profits?ãWhat about a company’s responsibilities to stakeholders  Shareholders  Employees  Business partners  Customers/consumers  The general public  Government There is a view that business has a contract withsociety, that it has obligations and duties to fill But Asia is different, demanding a different mode of behaviour, adifferent modus operandi   The Asian Experience Confucianism and Guanxi ( 关系 ) ãCorruption of the virtuous Byzantine bureaucracies & command economies ãDaunting size and red tapeãPoorly educated and poorly paid employees Temptations of the gods Weak legal structuresAbsence of a free press
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