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Can Business Be Ethical?

Exploring basic questions for ethical entrepeneurship

Given the increasing prevalence of ethically oriented entrepreneurship in contemporary business and start-up environments, it’s worth pausing to consider the terms of that discussion. Basically, what does the term ‘ethics’ mean? How does the necessarily social aspect of running a business complicate that? And, finally, if an ethical business model is possible, to whom is that business responsible?

Ethics is often mixed up with morality- although that need not be the case. In that sense, it deals with formulating, justifying and systematizing behavior according to a moral system and its values, such that one may behave ‘well’ or ‘poorly’.

But, by distancing ourselves from any single morality and focusing only on the nature of the ethical, we can simplify the question. Ethics explores the responsibility we have towards others. Its kernel is a single question- how must I act when I face another? So, we can understand that to do well, we must act so that we least restrict the other- that is, to allow them to act most fully. Acting ethically is allowing others to act- to be ethical, themselves.

The most basic level of ethical engagement is person-to-person. But a business is oriented towards producing something, distributing it, and assuring its continued ability to do so. Businesses are always socially minded, in the broadest sense. This complicates any ethical concerns- they become fractal-like. An infinite number of repeated engagements are knotted together when one brings ethics and business together- hence the expansive field of business ethics.

We must ask, then, before whom is the business responsible? This answer is, as I’ve implied, hugely complex. There’s nowhere near enough space to attempt a brief response. Instead, I’ll pose some questions that we can turn to in our considerations of best management practices.

First and foremost, businesses are a group of people. So, to assure that everyone can act most fully, we must ask- what form is best for organizing that group? How will income be distributed to assure equitable recognition of everyone’s contribution? Who has a hand in decision making processes, and whose expertise and experience is allowed priority in specific decisions?

Businesses rely on resources and labor for production. Where are we getting them, and who is affected by that process? How can they be acquired without restricting the actions of those affected? Can a business call itself ethical if it harms others to create its product? How can we be sure, one way or another, that we not harm others to further our own projects? And that we are not harming those that labor over our products, due to exploitative work conditions, contracting or wage practices?

Finally, what responsibility do businesses have to their customers? Is it ethical to use marketing to create or inflate an in-existent or minimal demand? Following that, is the durability of our product a concern, given detrimental effects on the consumer of planned obsolescence and shoddily made products endangering their users? How can pricing assure the continued operating of the business without bleeding our customer base dry?

These, and many others, are questions any business striving to be ethical must ask. Although, to briefly address a glaring omission, can there be a responsibility to shareholders/investors? To even begin to tackle that question, you first need to decide whether money can be a meaningful engagement with another, or only its indefinite deferral. An issue that, regrettably, requires more space than I have here. Until next time! 

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Pneumatic conveying is a type of system which we use to transport heavy material, powders and granules using a pipeline instead of using the conventional methods such as conveyors or other forms of technology which can be used for transporting such materials. The system of pneumatic conveying is solely depended upon differential pressure and the flow of nitrogen and air so that they can move the materials. The pneumatic conveyors can be broad of two types such as pressure conveyors, and vacuum conveyors. The two types have their own advantages and disadvantages. However, let us now take a look at the numerous advantages that we get from suing pneumatic conveying. As you can gather there are a variety of benefits which we get from using such a transporting system. Here is a list of some of the important benefits which we get from pneumatic conveying.

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Simple Routing

One of the major advantages which we get from using the transporting system is that it follows a simple route of transportation. This means that certain of the pneumatic conveying system will run in a certain way. For example, let us consider the screw pneumatic conveying system. This system runs only in a straight line and even the inclination is solely depended upon the materials. It follows a uniform pattern and does not stray from the originally laid down path. Since the pneumatic conveying system is of pipelines we can allow the pipelines to be laid down both horizontally and vertically. The pneumatic system can be laid on the floor and hence it can be used at any site which makes it easier for the workers without any troubles. Hence this is a major benefit which we get from using pneumatic conveying.

Wide Range Capacity

As you know that the pneumatic system is depended upon the pressure of gas and sir. Hence it can easily take up great loads. Therefore instead of relying on nut and bolts, you rely on gas and air. And we know that this will allow us to have a greater capacity enabling us to transport more materials at one go.

Ease of Installation

Another reason why we find most people using the pneumatic conveying system is that they are extremely to install. For the installation of the pneumatic system all, we need to do add an extra valve and we can successfully increase the scope of the pneumatic conveying system. Hence this also helps in saving loads of cost which can be avoided. Therefore we should keep these in mind when we considering the transporting system. This is a major advantage which we get from using such type of system.

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Low Maintenance

As you can see that we do not have to spend much time on the maintenance of pneumatic conveying systems. We can easily just have some of the parts removed and we are good to go. You should also know that in the pneumatic conveying system there are only a few parts which need to be changed regularly and which can be done at a very low cost. The parts that need maintenance regularly are the valve, vacuum pump, air compressor, and other such items. These items can easily be fixed in the house also. Hence we save greatly on the maintenance costs.

As you can see that these are some of the important benefits which we receive from using the pneumatic conveying. There are various other benefits which include things such as safety of and also optimal performance is achieved from the system. The pneumatic system is well devised and never fails to give us it's the best working.

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