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Co je 'business ethics'? Jak
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Server Lidovky.cz vám ve spolupráci s jazykovou agenturou Skřivánek přináší další lekci kurzu byznys angličtiny. Dnešním tématem je 'business ethics'. Správné odpovědi naleznete opět na konci lekce spolu s testem.

What is business ethics?

First read what the business ethics is/is not and then try to fill in missing words from the boxes below into the definitions of business ethics:

conscience             law            behaviour            religion

Business ethics is not only about our feeling and (1)_______. Definitely it is not the same as (2)_______. It does not mean following the (3)_______ only. Ethical (4)_______ cannot be described as following what everybody does. And neither it allows you to do whatever is technologically or scientifically possible.

examines         arise         labels       relates        applies

Business ethics (also corporate ethics) (1)_______ a form of applied ethics or professional ethics that (2)_______ ethical principles and moral or ethical problems that (3)_______ in a business environment. It (4)_______ to all aspects of business conduct and (5)_______ to the conduct of individuals and entire organizations.

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_ethics)

Business ethics works on three levels. Try to write them. The first letter is there to help you.

(1) i_______ in business

business (2) o_______

business (3) s_______

Read through the issues that business ethics deals with and fill in the missing words. The first and the last letter are there to help you.

  • employment – (1) l______r standards, working (2) c______s, workers’ (3) w______e and recruitment on a basis of (4) e______l (5) o_______s.
  • environment ( (6) g_____n issues) – environmental (7) p______n (emissions), energy (8) c______n, waste (9) d______l, sustainability of (10) n______l (11) r______s
  • corporate (12) g______e – the way a company is organized, directed and controlled.

Read through the following questions on ethical business and choose correct options to fill in the gaps. Then you can answer them thinking about the company you work for:

Does the company you work for (1)_______ the rights and regulations or does it sometimes bend/break the rules?

How can your company (2)_______ the impact it has on the environment?

Do you think a company should always (3)_______ to its principles even though it means a (4)_______ of profit?

1.a) comply withb) comply toc) comply for  
2.a) makeb) increasec) reduce
3.a) stay clear b) stay truec) stay fine
4.a) loseb) loosec) loss

Read through the text and create nouns from the words in bold in the text:

particular = (1)_______

ethical = (2)________

fair = (3)________

certain = (4)________

virtuous = (5)________

credible = (6)________

anti-discriminative = (7)________

responsible = (8)_________

In general, talking about ethical business implies that whatever the company does, its responsibility is to promote the so called greatest good and to be in compliance with the greatest human welfare.

Additionally, the behaviour of the company should respect rights and human rights and duties. As not only has the client/employee the right to be respected or treated in a particular way but it also entails that an employee/employer has the duty to treat the person this way in order to think and act in an ethical way. But the concept of fair treatment is not an easy one.

Consequently, making certain decision and taking actions which influence other people should always consider whether the treatment of everybody is fair and equal. On the other hand, rights and fair treatment are accompanied by the concepts of virtues and morality, seeing that we also have to take into consideration what is virtuous and what is not.

The combination of all these shall work towards common good and constitute a very solid base of an ethical company known for being credible, anti-discriminative and socially and ethically responsible.

When thinking of the business ethics, the company ought to first rely on the values of their employees, it should work in compliance with laws, give advice and remind the employees of the business ethics and secure corresponding management of values.

Match the words from the text to their definition:

1. employer a) to deal with, to act
2. employee b) according to, in agreement with
3. to treat c) a person that employs workers
4. to entail d) a person who is hired to work for a business
5. virtuouse) characterized by or possessing moral excellence
6. to be in compliance with f) to have a necessary accompaniment or consequence

TEST your knowledge HERE

CORRECT ANSWERS:

Fill in missing words:
1. conscience; 2. religion; 3. law; 4. behaviour
1. labels; 2. examines; 3. arise; 4. applies; 5. relates

Three levels of business ethics:
1. individuals; 2. organization; 3. society

Fill in the missing words:
1. labour; 2. conditions; 3. welfare; 4. equal; 5. opportunities; 6. green; 7. pollution; 8. consumption; 9. disposal; 10. natural; 11. resources; 12. governance       

Choose correct options to fill in the gaps: 
1. a); 2. c); 3. b); 4. c)

Nouns:
1. particularity; 2. ethics; 3. fairness; 4. certainty; 5. virtue; 6. credibility; 7. anti-discrimination; 8. responsibility

Match the words to their definition:
1. c); 2. d); 3. a); 4. f); 5. e); 6. b)

Jazyková agentura Skřivánek

Skřivánek je největší jazykovou agenturou ve střední a východní Evropě. Na trhu jazykových služeb působí již od roku 1994. Kanceláře a učebny agentury Skřivánek najdete v 20 městech ČR a v dalších 14 zemích světa.

Jako jedna z největších překladatelských agentur v Evropě se Skřivánek stal uznávaným specialistou na evropské a asijské jazyky. Zaměstnává více než 400 kvalifikovaných jazykových odborníků a nabízí odborné překlady do všech jazyků.

Kromě různých typů kurzů pro veřejnost zajišťuje Skřivánek i výuku na klíč pro firmy a jednotlivce, jazykové audity, pobytové a zahraniční kurzy nebo přípravu na jazykové zkoušky pro děti i dospělé.

Více informací najdete na www.skrivanek.cz.

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