Ethical Employment in the Catering Industry

Authored by: Gaurav Chawla

The Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Food and Gastronomy

Print publication date:  May  2015
Online publication date:  June  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415702553
eBook ISBN: 9780203795699
Adobe ISBN: 9781134457335


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The principles of sustainable living are firmly entrenched within ethics, as ethical behaviours form the building blocks of human society. According to Aristotle, who laid the foundations of ethics more than 2,000 years ago, virtuous behaviour – such as generosity, justice and charity – benefits the individual and society alike. But how can something as subjective and personal as ethics be defined? In a more general sense, ‘ethics’, as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary, refers to the distinction between right and wrong, thereby guiding behaviour. Clearly, this definition is very abstract. However, it can help us understand the concept of business ethics, defined as a framework of values such as integrity, trust and fairness, to guide the actions of all within the organisation.

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