Author : Ravi Ravinder
School/Work Place : University of Technology Sydney, Australia
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Year : 2006

The aviation industry is a critical element of any tourism system, and has several secondary effects – a source of employment and foreign exchange earnings. A ‘national carrier’ is also a symbol of the country, a source of pride amongst the local community and a representative of the host country in other countries that it flies to.

It is important to investigate whether the airline industry is, by and large, acting in an ethical and socially responsible manner. Or is it that, given the current wave of liberalization, airlines are only acting in their own self-interest, and answerable only to their shareholder base. Solomon (1993) points out that most people are aware of ethical issues and the micro- or macro-level, but ethical issues at what he terms the ‘molar’ level (whose unit is the modern corporate organisation) are unclear, especially when they interact with micro- and macro–issues. In other words, whilst what constitutes ethical behaviour by business units is open to debate, the issue of the corporation’s social obligations to the community are even more rarely discussed. One particular set of possibly unethical behaviours is the nature of anti-competitive and collusive business practices. This paper uses some ethics-based approaches to examine three particular aviation industry issues that fall within this domain.
Whilst there are a multitude of issues relating to actual or alleged unethical and/or socially irresponsible behaviours amongst airlines, this paper will focus on a few aspects only. Specifically, only the passenger product-market of airlines will be considered, and the discussion will also focus on the collaborative efforts between individual airlines, on the one hand, and between airlines and airports on the other. It will, however, cover both domestic and international airlines, both full-service and low-cost.

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» Think Tank VI Ethical Issues in Collaboration in the Aviation Industry file 32483 Oct 13, 2013

The aviation industry is a critical element of any tourism system, and has several secondary effects – a source of employment and foreign exchange earnings. A ‘national carrier’ is also a symbol of the country, a source of pride amongst the ...

Author: Ravi Ravinder 

Year: 2006 

6 Think Tank VI Corporate Social Responsibility or Government Interven... file 6853 Oct 13, 2013

Implicit in notions of sustainable development is an holistic triple bottom line approach that seeks to preserve essential ecological processes, protect human heritage and biodiversity and foster inter and intra-generational equity whilst r...

Author: David Wood & Jack Carlsen 

Year: 2006 

5 Think Tank VI Hilton Environmental Reporting as a Tool of Corporate ... file 4839 Oct 13, 2013

This paper reports on the history, criteria and procedures within Hilton Environmental Reporting, a computerized reporting tool created by Addsystems for Hilton International. The development and implementation process of the upgraded versi...

Author: Paulina Bohdanowicz 

Year: 2006 

4 Think Tank VI Sustainable tourist accommodation management: The role... file 4383 Oct 13, 2013

The integration of sustainability within the domain of tourism has recently made considerable progress. For instance, in the UK and the Netherlands, the most important federations of tour operators, the FTO and the ANVR, have introduced obli...

Author: Menno Houtstra 

Year: 2006 

3 Think Tank VI Corporate Social Responsibility and Marine Tourism Org... file 4338 Oct 13, 2013

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has become an important issue for some governments but the tourism industry appears to be slow in adopting CSR strategies. By focusing on CSR, we argue that the implementation of CSR audits could help t...

Author: Ya-Ting Huang, David Botterill & Eleri Jones 

Year: 2006 

2 Think Tank VI Corporate Social Responsibility in the Catalan hospita... file 4114 Oct 13, 2013

The practices of CSR have attracted the attention of the investigators, who have prepared a great diversity of theories and the international organisms, which have done recommendations, so that the companies have added them in their strategi...

Author: Ramon Palau 

Year: 2006 

1 Think Tank VI Corporate Social Responsibility and Travel & Tourism B... file 3754 Oct 13, 2013

This paper discusses some economic, social, and environmental “hard issues” for the travel and tourism (T&T) industry with the aim of shedding some light on little discussed aspects of industry corporate social responsibility (CSR) with ...

Author: David Stipanuk 

Year: 2006