Ethical principles are a philosophical stance which directly or indirectly leads to a standard based around ethics.
Ethics means ‘moral principles that govern a person or group’s behaviour,’ so that a perfect union is formed, implying that unity of purpose is a primary value. The principle of respect for autonomy.
We all have an obligation to respect the autonomy of other people, respecting the decisions made by other people concerning their own lives.
The four principles of ethics are:
To behave in accordance with ethical principles, act in honesty, fairness and in good faith.
Impartiality and independence
To remain impartial and to conduct oneself in the interests of others and to ensure that any personal views and convictions do not compromise ethical principles, or official duties.
To take responsibility for one’s decisions, actions and their consequences.
To continue to respect the diversity, equality, dignity, worth and privacy of all persons.
We must at all times promote a high level of professionalism towards decisions and actions to make sure those are upheld, through mandates and objectives.
For those who are in a place of power and have responsibility, it is even more important they remain impartial. Others are relying on them to get that right, whether in politics, in business or through an institution.
For society and the world to live in sync and harmony with each other it is important we all live by the same rules.