How is social responsibility different from ethics? Provide an example of an organization behaving in a socially responsible manner regarding environmental influences.

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I've always described ethics as manners and morals at work. Social responsibility just takes that a bit further to behaving ethically towards societal issues such as culture, economy, and environment.

The one environmental influence fresh on my mind is the world's largest oil spill by British Petroleum (BP) in the Gulf of Mexico. There was also a more recent oil spill by Noble Energy in Windsor, CO. Though not as big, still destructive.

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Business ethics involves the standard norms of business practices and the question would be are they good or bad?. A consideration here would be how those practices impact the environment and their motives. 

Social responsibility involves business interactions with the society apart from their core business how else do they add value to the society. Questions here would be do they give back to the community? Is the benefit to the society commensurate to the support offered?

It is possible for a business...

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