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Ethical issues are questions of right and wrong that face a society, community, organization, corporation, institution, family or individual. These include areas such as the social, environmental and economic impact of your actions and inactions. The following are common examples of ethical issues.
Addictive Products & Services
Advertising to Children
Air Pollution
Animal Welfare
Anti-Competitive Practices
Barrier Free Environments
Civility, Tolerance & Mutual Respect
Conflict Of Interest
Corporate Accountability
Corporate Espionage
Corporate Political Influence
Debt Bondage
Disaster Resilience / Readiness
Dual Agency
Due Diligence (care and concern in your work)
Education Costs
Education Quality / Access to Education
Employer / Employee / Candidate Ghosting
Environmental Impact of Business
Environmental Justice
Environmental Mismanagement
Failure to Manage Risk
Fair Wages
Fiduciary Duty
Food Security
Freedom of Assembly & Association
Freedom of Movement
Freedom of Speech
Historical Preservation
Honesty & Candor
Human Accountability for Automation / AI
Human Rights
Inappropriate Gifts
Indigenous Rights
Information Security Issues (e.g. data leaks)
Invalid Expenses
Land Degradation
Layoffs / Firing
Legal Rights
Light Pollution
Living Conditions / Access to Housing
Medical Costs
Misinterpreting / Misrepresenting Data
Misleading Advertising / Marketing
Misspending / Overspending
Misuse of Company Time
Noise Pollution
Political Rights
Poor Working Conditions
Power Harassment
Product Safety
Product Transparency
Professional Conduct
Public Access (e.g. to a beach surrounded by private property)
Questionable Accounting
Resource Depletion
Respect for Intellectual Property
Secrecy / Transparency
Self Dealing
Service Quality (e.g. a telecom service that is often down with high impact to society)
Social Impact of Business
Tax Avoidance
Tax Burden (e.g. regressive taxation)
Unethical Non-Disclosure Agreements
Unhealthy Products
Water Pollution
Workplace Health & Safety
The list above is non-exhaustive as thousands of common ethical issues may exist.

Detailed Example

Ethical issues often involve grey areas where the "right" thing to do is somewhat debatable. For example, a castle that is being completely rebuilt according to its original plans. These plans include barriers such that many people with disabilities will be unable to access the site. The designs also do not meet modern standards for safety in areas such as fire exits and earthquake resilience. Some might argue the designs should be updated to balance historical authenticity with the need to meet modern standards of access and safety. Others might argue that this detracts from the cultural heritage of the site as a castle with modern features isn't authentic.


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