The Categorical Imperative as the basis of an company ethic is everything we need to readjust any company's behaviour in a humane way.
The Categorical Imperative - Second Formulation:
"Act in such a way that you treat humanity, whether in your own person or in the person of any other, never merely as a means to an end, but always at the same time as an end."
To align each action of a company in a way, that it provides
reasonable benefit for all participants, is The Categorical Imperative
applied to companies. Therefore never
- consider employees as means of production
- consider suppliers as dependent
- consider customers as cash cows
- reduce the shareholders to their assets
- view the surrounding society as useless or uninvolved
- treat competitors as enemies.
Instead, the company is to be aligned in a a way, that all those mentioned and everyone else in touch with the company
benefits from the company in a reasonable manner - that is The Categorical Imperative applied.
Let us recall:
Why do humans join in forms of companies?
Because joined with others and by means of division of labour and by
specialization we can achieve so incredibly more than as a single individual.
Practically nobody in the developed countries is capable of providing for
oneself with even the most basic goods. I'm not even capable of
providing clear water for myself. But contrary to that, I
and all my family have practically everything we need and much more to
meet our basic needs. And this is true for the majority in the developed countries.
Why? Because we cooperate, because we divide the work, because we specialise in certain parts of the work to produce the goods and services wanted. Therefore, we mutually provide ourselves with most of the things we are in need of. Of course, a company is the predominant and well-working central element to organize our cooperation.
You, reading this, know about all this. And to make possible this incredibly efficient organization of labour, which provides us with
virtually everything we need, many people are necessarily
involved - directly or indirectly.
Therefore, The Categorical Imperative applied to companies is nothing more than the demand to align companies in their full extent to their purpose, which is its contribution to the fulfilment of every participant's needs.