The Occupy Movement
Randy Hale, Kathryn Lindquist Sanchez, Liduina Allen, Monica Lorena Carrillo, Veronica Lincoln
November 13, 2011
Cassandra Giles, Facilitator
The Occupy Movement
Ethical behavior in business is consistent with the principles, norms, and standards of business practice that have been agreed upon by society (Trevino & Nelson, 2007). Society is unhappy with greed and corruption of wealth inequality prevalent in the U S. The wealth of the United States people is only held by 1% of the U.S. population (“Occupy Together”. 2011).
The Occupy Wall Street movement focus is for better wealth equality across the nation. What happened in society that brought up ...view middle of the document...
The ground rules that manifested the situation are the general sense of wealth inequality, and the corporate influence of our government. According to Congressional Budget Office (2007), “between 1979 and 2007 income of the top 1% of Americans grew by an average of 275%. From 1992-2007 the top 400 income earners in the U.S. saw their income increase 392% and their average tax rate reduced by 37%. In 2007 the richest 1% owned 34.6% of the country’s total wealth and the next 19% owned 50.5%. The top 20% of Americans owned 85% of the country’s wealth” (Use of Evidence in Analysis of Budget and Economic Policies).
The movement believed with the election of President Obama change would come. The hope was that he would pass laws to regulate the banking systems, and bring the financial fraudsters to justice. As time passed Adbusters saw that this was not going to happen and this began the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Ethical change, deficiency, or conflict brought it about.
Those participating in the sit in want a better quality of life and to be politically heard. The group represents themselves as the 99% of humanity that will not tolerate the 1% greed and corruption of corporations (Malito, 2011). The ethical change of this movement is better business ethics with accountability. Foreclosures, bailouts to corporations, executive bonuses, educational debts, and outsourced labor leaving people without health care and jobs, these ethical dilemmas are a portion of the movement against business practices. The message is lack of caring for individuals and the lack of systems protecting human rights.
Ethical systems at work for key individuals in the organization, executives, and employees.
The key ethical systems in is movement is complex. In research of the Occupy Wall Street movement clear leadership is not apparent. A leader is not showing a clear voice and occupy movements are establishing in different cities and areas of those communities. Goals and duty-based ethics are not established by this group except crying out for equality with the benefits of the rich. Entitlement-based system is the best fit in this type of disorganized movement. Corporate business executives who are the targets of the proposed change are not visible or probably in the areas of the sit-ins. Managers of the 1% within the radius of the movement do not make the final executive decisions of the deficiencies targeted by the groups. The ethical decision of entitlement is selfish reasoning and the outcome of those involved is the only consideration (Ganly, 2010). Employees working for the corporations are not a target of the movement but the sit-ins do affect these employees ability to work.
The occupy demonstration began in Lower Manhattan in September 2011 and this leaderless movement challenges economical equality. Activists joined together to organize protest to gain equality in economical status. Protest lacks organizational...