The Ethics Of A Ethics Essay
In deontological ethics an action is considered morally good because of some characteristic of the action itself, not because the product of the action is good. Deontological ethics holds that at least some acts are morally obligatory regardless of their consequences for human welfare. Descriptive of such ethics are such expressions as “Duty for duty’s sake,” “Virtue is its own reward,” and “Let justice be done though the heavens fall.”
Duty ethics, therefore, is adhering to the letter of the law without consideration of the consequences of the result. It is almost a thoughtless rule in that as long as you know what the proper decision is, no other reasoning is required; You simply follow the rule. In Mattel’s case, there was United States laws, international laws, State and local laws, guidelines and other generally accepted principles. This paper describes how Mattel policed itself in a duty ethics manner, relating specifically to labor laws along with company provided lodging.
As noted by Sethi, Veral, Shapiro, & Emelianova (2011), Mattel was under the keen eye of human rights groups. As such, Mattel analyzed and created a plan consisting of creating and adopting a code referred to as the Global Manufacturing Principles or GMP. This type of code of conduct was historically not met with much enthusiasm due to the inability to independently verify compliancy, findings, and corrective actions (Sethi et al, 2011). Mattel, knowing…