From its inception the Journal has aimed to improve the human condition by providing a public forum for discussion and debate about ethical issues related to business.
The style and level of dialogue involve all who are interested in business ethics - the business community, universities, government agencies and consumer groups.
Contributors examine moral aspects of systems of production, consumption, marketing, advertising, social and economic accounting, labor relations, public relations and organizational behavior.
In order to promote a dialogue between the various interested groups as much as possible, papers are presented in a style relatively free of specialist jargon.
The committee may also suggest alternative methods that they think are more suitable for the target group, or additional precautions that you should take.
You cannot start your research until you have been granted ethical approval, which will be granted formally, together with an approval number.
Government agencies who fund or commission research often publish codes of conduct for researchers, or codes of ethics. The ethics committee’s role is to consider that what you are doing is appropriate and proportionate to your research aims.
For example, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) both publish ethical codes. (2015) What is Ethics in Research and Why is it Important? If a research proposal raises ethical issues, the committee will ask the researcher to look again at the issue, and consider whether they could do it differently.
Some ethical codes may have the force of law behind them, while others may simply be advisable. For example, if you are proposing to carry out a study on a particular disease, and you want to ask all your participants whether they are married and have any children, the committee may want to know why this is relevant.
It may be relevant (for example, if you think the disease may be reduced by living in a family), in which case, you will need to justify this.