Business ethics assignment : Ronald McDonald

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Running head: ETHICSETHICSName of StudentName of UniversityAuthor Note
1ETHICSCounties Manunaku District Health Board is New Zealand’s largest healthorganization to provide health and disability services to almost a million people every year.The proposal to accept funding from Ronald McDonald House Charities, for accommodationand other services at Middlemore Hospital is predictable, as the organization has been facingstiff economic crisis followed by reshuffling of the top grade, finance managementemployees(Thornley & Marshall, 2016). However, the fact that the charity is supported byMcDonald’s—a fast food joint, along with the fact that New Zealand has been facing healthissues related to obesity, raises questions regarding the ethical values of the proposal. Thisessay takes up the utilitarian theory of ethics, to analyse the proposal critically and identifythe overall tendency of the action.According toutilitarian ethics, actions that encourage the maximum amount ofhappiness to the maximum number of people are the only actions justifiably ethical. Theutilitarian philosophy of ethics emphasizes more on the estimated consequences of an actionthan the original intent behind it. Considering this case, it is evident that the proposal standsin support of the greater good of the people. The direct consequences of the mentionedproposal could be of great significance as the charity in concern has been activelyparticipating in donation services and has helped over 3700 families in New Zealand alone.The charity has been providing valuable health services to the neighbouring AucklandDistrict Health Board for more than 25 years and evidently serves for the general good healthand well-being of the people. The consequences of accepting funds for accommodation andother health services from Ronald McDonald House of Charities have consequentially aidedthousands of patients and their families throughout New Zealand.According to(Wright, 2014),the utilitarian philosophy of ethics mentions that anaction can be considered morally right or wrong only when the consequences of performingand not performing the particular action, causes a significant difference in the practical
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