Use this diagram as a way to frame and make ethical decisions.

There are many recommendations for how to go about decision-making. But instead of “going with your gut” next time, consider trying this ethical decision model:

Ethical decision-making model diagram

Start by realizing you (or your business) faces a decision with ethical implications. Then, identify stakeholders who might have an interest in the decision. Look into the facts as objectively as possible, without drawing early conclusions. Bring your morals and values to the issue (or use the “four avenues”) as a lens through which to view your options, and then make a decision.

For more information about each of these steps, please jump over to this article for a slightly different version of the same model with longer definitions and guidance.

Stacey Supina, Center for Ethics in Practice; diagram, Professor Dawn Elm.