The News of the World is in increasing dire straits this morning as allegations of phone hacking mount. If it is indeed true that the phones of Milly Dowler, Jessica Chapman, Holly Wells and the 7/7 victims among others, were hacked they are going to see the wrath of the nation in their sales figures.
People will have much more sympathy in these new cases than previous allegations of celebrities and politicians having their privacy invaded. The public horror that this kind of thing has gone on will no doubt have a massive impact on News of the World sales as people lash back in the only way they can and boycot the paper.
Already the News of World is seeing its advertising being pulled and mounting calls for Rebecah Brooks (nee Wade) now Chief Executive of News International in the UK and previously the newspapers editor, to resign.
Business decisions have to be made but it just goes to show that even in the heat of the moment, when a deal is being done, you must act professionally, morally and do the right thing. Otherwise quite rightly you will pay the consequences.
This is an interesting, informative blog on business ethics: http://tutor2u.net/business/strategy/business-ethics-introduction.html