Stuff I Learned
From my research i have realised that a bigger issue for designers is professional ethics as this is something they have complete control over. They can't stop a large corporation from polluting or profiting from a third world country.
They can't single-handedly stop the lack of real, dedicated recycling in developed countries. They remain against the things that offend their personal ethics - their morals - but what really affects them day to day is clients and associates who display a lack of respect toward design, be it the designer themself or the processes and methods involved.
The attitude of 'anyone is a designer' is a damaging one and by und.ermining the importance of such an influential and important aspect of a companies public persona, the client risks offending a vast community of talented and creative individuals. There are many online sites dedicated to "Black Lists" or "Endless Invoices" that document and shame awful clients, some high profile.
At the end of the day, design, like anything, can be simplified and down played. But it is more than the sum of its parts. It is intrinsically tied to the designers imagination, lived experiences, emotions, ideas. The ethics of a designer are important, and help them channel their creative process into a tangible, final product, and if this isn't respected, the the end result will be disappointing.