From The Academy of Design Professionals: Designers have certain fundamental obligations to society, to clients, to the profession, and to peers and colleagues. The Code of Professional Conduct states guidelines and rules for the conduct of design professionals in fulfilling those obligations. The Code is arranged in three tiers of statements: Canons, Ethical Standards, and Rules of Conduct.
From Alina Tugend at NY Times: If I saw what seemed to be a crime or unethical act committed by a respected colleague, coach, teacher or friend, would I storm in and stop it? Would I call the authorities immediately? Would I disregard the potentially devastating impact on my job or workplace or beloved institution?
Absolutely, most of us would probably reply. I think so, others might respond. And the most honest answer? I don’t know.
From Sam Harris: Einstein endorses a strong conception of moral truth, founded on axioms, and focused on the well-being of humanity. While he does not discuss progress in neuroscience and psychology — which, I maintain, makes the separation between ethics and science ultimately unsustainable—he seems to consider ethical truth to be on all fours with the truths of mathematics and the rest science.
From Theodore Dalrymple: One way and another, I have spent a lot of my life in the study of resentment, my own and that of others. I doubt whether there is any human being who has passed his life totally without feeling it; I know of many who, on the contrary, have spent their whole lives nourishing it.
From Jonathan Haidt in NY Times: You can’t just scale up your ideas about morality at the individual level and apply them to groups and nations. If you do, you’ll miss all that was good, healthy and even altruistic about last week’s celebrations. Here’s why. For the last 50 years, many evolutionary biologists have told us that we are little different from other primates — we’re selfish creatures, able to act altruistically only when it will benefit our kin or our future selves. But in the last few years there’s been a growing recognition that humans, far more than other primates, were shaped by natural selection acting at two different levels simultaneously. There’s the lower level at which individuals compete relentlessly with other individuals within their own groups. This competition rewards selfishness.
From The Independent: Can science help us tell right from wrong? Sam Harris certainly thinks so. Julian Baggini sits down with Sam Harris, one of the 'four horsemen of atheism' to learn how facts can inform our ethics.
From strategy+business: New research revealing a disparity between what shoppers say and what they do debunks the myth of the ethical consumer. Most people will not sacrifice product function or pay a higher price for goods based on ethics alone, according to the study.
From Mary C. Gentile, Ph.D. at ChangeThis: Instead of asking and answering the questions ‘what is ethical?’ or ‘whether it's possible to be ethical at work?,' what if we asked ‘how can we successfully voice and act on our own values?’