Ethics and Compliance Paper.

Essay by aaron766University, Bachelor's January 2009

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Most companies in the public eye are measured by their success. We want to seek out companies that know how to not only keep themselves afloat in an ever-changing economy, but also can make money for themselves and investors. Because this is the yardstick by which we measure a business, if is often the case that when this money-making corporation has a few shady business dealing, we tend to overlook them. After all, if an investor in a business is making tenfold what his or her initial investment was but happened to notice it was made using questionable methods, the only reasonable outcome in the investors mind is to ignore the undesirable truth. To do otherwise would be risking the profits coming to this investor of the business. This raises the question of morals and standards within the company, and gives us a reason to be thankful that most businesses on the open exchange state to the public their rules of conduct and their ethical standpoint.

The company being focused on is Dell Computers. Dell is a company that has for years adhered to a code of conduct which has been praised and acclaimed. On their corporate website, the code of conduct that Dell employs is available for all to read. Dell claims its "success is built on a foundation of personal and professional integrity." ( Further, Dell states, "We hold ourselves to standards of ethical behavior that go well beyond legal minimums. We never compromise these standards and we will never ask any member of the Dell team to do so either. We owe this to our customers, suppliers, shareholders and other stakeholders. And we owe it to ourselves because success without integrity is essentially meaningless." If this is true, then Dell does indeed appear to be a...