BUSINESS ETHICS, THE NEW TEMPTATIONS
QUEST CLUB PAPER
March 18, 1977
Joseph F. Jones
Mr. President, Fellow Questers, and Guests:
There are "New Temptations" in the field of business ethics. However, it's
important to recognize where these "New Temptations" come from. An obvious
source is the greatly increased numbers of government regulatory agencies
that have in recent years tried to spell out in great detail how businesses will
conduct themselves in many, many new areas.
The second source of "New Temptations" stems from the frequently confusing
directories issued by these many regulatory agencies and the determination
by businessmen of how their regulations can be met and still remain as a
viable business entity.
To better understand the statement I've just made, it is important to know
how many of these regulatory agencies and their regulations came into being.
Because of an abuse of one kind or another—many times the abuse may be
an action by a specific company involved in a specific situation—Congress will
pass a law. Frequently, the law will be written with the specific case foremost
in the mind of the Congressmen who are sponsoring the legislation. However,
the law, in its final form, may very well be written in very general terms.
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