“The 3 R’s” of Business Ethics

Like to enhance your reputation as an ethical business person and team member? One of the best ways to do that is by focusing on – and mastering – “The 3 R’s”:

The First “R” of business ethics is RESPECT. It’s something that must be applied to people, organizational resources, and your environment. And it includes behaviors such as:

* Treating everyone (customers, coworkers, vendors, etc.) with dignity and courtesy;

* Using company supplies, equipment, time, and money appropriately, efficiently, and for the business’ business only;

* Protecting and improving your work environment, and abiding by all rules and regulations that exist to protect our world and our way of life.

The Second “R” of business ethics is RESPONSIBILITY – to your customers, your coworkers, your organization … and to yourself. Included here are behaviors such as:

** Providing timely, high-quality goods and services;

** Working collaboratively and carrying your share of the load;

** Meeting all performance expectations and adding value to everything you’re involved with.

The Third “R” of business ethics is RESULTS. More accurately, it’s right results – the kind where the how’s are equal in weight to the what’s … where means to achieving ends are just as important as the ends themselves. Obviously, you’re expected to get results for your organization and for your customers. But you’re also expected to get those results legally and ethically. Allow yourself to lose sight of this, and you jeopardize your business and your career.

All three of these components must be in place for a business to see long-term growth. Keep that in mind, and never be afraid to stop and review your own business ethics. Whether you’re just starting a new business, or you’ve been around for a long time, attention to the 3 R’s is a must if you want to thrive!


  1. saima qaiser 12 years ago

    very well put… really a very informative article

  2. Sadia Qaisar 12 years ago

    A must read article for every employee and 3 R's of Business Ethics should be followed by every employee…I m very grateful to you for posting this blog here…Keep it up!

  3. Muhammad Kamran Khan 12 years ago

    Resources along with best relationships brings good results.

  4. Joshua Tlalanyane 12 years ago

    What do you do when the system is corrupt in its entirety from the president of the country to the cleaners? I do not want to name those countries but we are all aware that in some countries you can not get anything, even death certificate to process burial documents, except when you join in the culture and 'pay'.

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