||Business ethics is the application of ethical theories and concepts to activity within and between commercial
enterprises, and between commercial enterprises and their broader environment.
It is a wide range of activity, and no brief list can be made of the issues it
raises. The safety of working practices; the fairness of recruitment; the
transparency of financial accounting; the promptness of payments to suppliers;
the degree of permissible aggression between competitors: all come within the
range of the subject. So do relations between businesses and consumers, local
communities, national governments, and ecosystems. Many, but not all, of these
issues can be understood to bear on distinct, recognized groups with their own
stakes in a business: employees, shareholders, consumers, and so on. A central question concerns how businesses ought to weigh the interests of different stakeholders against each other; particularly what moral import to give to profit-making (presumably in the interest of shareholders in large corporations).