Dr. Mercola asks, “Do Pharmaceutical Companies Have a Moral Duty to Do No Harm?”
If a corporation is a “person” – and I understand that even governments now are corporations – and a “person” has a moral and legal obligation to do no harm, then yes, a corporation as well has a moral and legal duty to do no harm. If corporate employees – including government employees – were to be held equally accountable for the “sins” of the corporation, then we would see a rapid improvement in the moral standards of all corporations. Not one good employee would cooperate with corruption and every corporation would dismiss anyone – from a secretary to the CEO – who suggested placing corporate profits over the wellbeing of either the corporation or the public.
The first in a series of lectures from Cambridge, MA, October 8, 2009, sponsored by the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard about “institutional corruption”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-lEDiUFXUk#t=0
Famed economist Dean Baker discusses the corruption, criminality, fines, and the ludicrous profit margins in the pharmaceutical industry with Doctor Sidney Wolf.
These two videos accompany a rather lengthy essay by Dr. Mercola located on the Mercola website.