Luxury Goods ethics are defined by the ethical treatment of human beings as their value and right to enjoy luxury goods without constraint. It is defined as an act of valuing or respecting the life and freedom of humans, while also providing them with things of great importance and choosing those that enhance their dignity and well-being. It is practiced on many different levels from private individuals to large social organizations, as well as governmental entities. The ethical code of luxury goods is supposed to set ethical guidelines for how people should use luxury goods and treat the goods of others. It also lays down the responsibilities of those who produce luxury goods and how they should be evaluated and taxed.
Luxury goods that are produced in ethical societies have great aesthetic value and are greatly desired by the consuming public. Ethical consumerism and ethical anti-commercialism promote ethical consumerism where ethical goods are purchased and owned for their aesthetic value as well as for their socially beneficial impacts. Luxury goods that are produced in unethical societies are seen as objects that are forced and often treated in a barbaric fashion by labor, slave and prison labor. The products of these unethical societies are rarely of high aesthetic value and lack the recognition and respect of most consumers.
Luxury goods produced in ethical societies are typically of a higher value than those produced in primitive societies and are more respected and sought after by consumers. An ethical society values the production of luxury goods as a reflection of the quality of life of its citizens. In such societies, ethical consumers who seek out ethical products will usually be rewarded and their purchases will be tax deductible.
Luxury goods and services are products of ethical societies. A wealthy individual is one who has accumulated great wealth through his/her hard work and/or talent. Such an individual is an ethical billionaire. Such wealth is not the result of natural luck, but the result of hard work and dedication. Wealthy countries tend to be much more civilized and more progressive than poor countries, and wealthy people generally participate in social trusts and other charitable activities to share their accumulated wealth.
Luxury items are very much a product of luxury societies. A product that is neither in practical need nor of great aesthetic beauty, is one that derives its value only from the demand of buyers. Such a product can exist almost anywhere, in any culture and in any economy, as long as there is a market for it. It is therefore very hard to judge how much a luxury good is worth, in terms of both monetary value and the desire of consumers to purchase it.
Luxury goods are usually perceived as items with a high value. In ethical societies, the value of such goods is judged by how well they solve the problems of the society in which they are intended to be used. So while an article of clothing may represent a high level of technological advancement, it is nevertheless ethical only if it is worn by women so that all women can benefit from its use. It is wrong to buy such clothing, then, if it is worn by members of the lower classes because these women will not gain from its use. ethical societies do not see the value of luxury items so detached; instead, they see ethical societies and their societies’ values based on how well a product improves the lives of real people, rather than on purely theoretical grounds.
Ethical luxury goods, then, cannot be produced without regard for human life, which is the value of every human being. This is why, for example, the product created by the artificial creation known as the artificial intelligent computer has to be ethical because it could end up creating harm to people, whether these are humans that end up having to live with the product, or humans who find themselves having to control such a computer (such as by controlling who gets access to it). If the end result of such a creation is harmful to human beings, then it becomes morally wrong to own such a product, no matter how valuable its production may appear to be. It would, therefore, become unethical to own an artificially intelligent computer that would make ethical decisions.
In this way, ethical luxury goods are different from other products in many ways. For one thing, ethical products cannot be mass produced because mass production inevitably tends towards increasing the mass number of objects that are produced, at the cost of decreasing the diversity of such objects (which is something that ethical societies do not necessarily wish for). Also, ethical products cannot be afforded by all people because not everyone can actually afford the products that they are craved for. For this reason, ethical products tend to be limited in distribution-not to luxury goods but to the necessities of ordinary life. Lastly, ethical products cannot be controlled over and have little to no potential for future abuse.