Good Ethical acts enable us to live happily as we are able to make sound judgments as regards right and wrong. In our case one will have to weigh between the gains and losses that are likely to arise by selling baby walkers. A person will be indifferent in determining if to directly engage in baby walker business and earn the much needed cash or to stick to his ethics and support the ban.
To effectively go through the ethical dilemma one will have to understand the approach he intends to use keeping into consideration that it has to be in line with his set goals, develop various options and be sure of the consequences and finally to choose and implement the best option (Thomas, 2007). Firms have a social responsibility in regard to the products that they produce. Firms producing baby walkers have got a moral responsibility to clearly disclose to their customers of the dangers exposed to the users of their products.
They are responsible to the parents and the society in case of any harmful aspect that results from their actions. This ensures that there decision is well thought. In determining whether an action is ethical or not one will have to examine its effects to those who it’s subjected to. Though there are inherent dangers portrayed, by the use of baby walkers the gains cannot be ignored as various costs are minimized such as baby care charges and most of all the ability of the child to be able to walk early enough.
It is even more harmful to the society if they are exported and used in other countries. As indicated earlier, the act is even more unethical as it is happening to the innocent infants thereby acting as a compromise to the future generation’s ability to live healthier lives. To add to that, the authority involved acts very irresponsibly in that by refusing to ban the harmful baby walkers, it ignores the direct cry from the people on the agony. Besides, it is morally wrong failing to consider the immediate repercussions of the products towards the consumers.
It is the duty of the companies to ensure that their products are effective and improve value of the consumers in their use and not vice versa. Lack of the holistic approach that intrinsically addresses the direct and indirect impacts of products depicts hidden dictatorship that serves to deny the people off their rights to claim what is rightfully good for their consumption. Conclusion. Ethical acts should be upheld irrespective of the financial losses that one will be subjected to.
Everyone has got an ethical responsibility and obligation to do what is right, just and fair (Thomas, 2007). The consequences of unethical behavior have far reaching effects. In this case skeletal damage that might happen to an infant due to the use of baby walkers is possible. Ethics in people’s lifestyles must always be upheld to ensure greater value of the resultant products from their firms and companies (Thomas, 2007). Individuals and corporate entities must be held accountable for all the actions and products that result from their systems.
Clear policy and regulatory framework should be established for effectiveness and ensuring higher standards. To add to that, it is of great essence that human rights organizations and bodies act to bring people together and fight for the weak. Such institutions could have helped in forcing the ban of the infant baby walkers and evading the many problems that the parents faced before the 1994 ban.
Thomas, H. (2007). Interactive Ethics. New York: Universal Publishers.