Something to think about for you guys. How do you deal with inquiries or clients that do not really stand highly regarded in your political or ethical views? It’s really hard for me to provide an example avoiding to step onto someones’s toes – but obviously there are a few things that each individual around might not like.
Let’s say if I was a supporter of NZ’s Labour party – would I take a Flex consulting job from the National Party? Hmm. Probably I would, having different political opinions in a democracy is fine and not really a problem for me. If a ministry of defense of whatever country approached me to build any type of application for them and that particular country would have been involved in a war that was considered breach of international law by the UN, I would probably opt out and not take the work. Same with working for the tobacco industry, not really keen on supporting those guys with services – or think about that crazy dictator up in North Korea.
So, for me it’s not about countries or individuals in general, it’s how close one would be to the root of a particular “evil” – if that makes any sense?
Now, I’m wondering: is that sensible or is that too much? From a financial business point of view, it would probably be wise to just ignore those ethical objections and make whatever money possible. Where’s the border here? Any idea and opinions really appreciated!
Update: Yes, I AM aware that this is a very controversial issue and I’m just after opinions. Don’t flame in the blog comments, ok! Thanks! 🙂