Day: April 6, 2020

Is it ethical to buy non-essential items online during the coronavirus lockdown?

In response to the Coronavirus crisis, the UK government announced that all retail outlets, except for those considered to provide essential goods and services, were to close with immediate effect. Online retail is, however, “still open and encouraged.”

So, does that mean we can click with a clear conscience?

Business academics Andrew Crane and Dirk Matten argue that a decision has an ethical dimension to it if it has a significant effect on others it is characterized by choice, and it is perceived as ethically relevant to one or more parties.

Most of us would likely agree that ordering essential

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