The Buddha's Noble Eightfold Path is divided into three divisions. Wisdom, Morality (Ethical Conduct) and Concentration. Right Livelihood is the fifth element of the Noble Eightfold Path and is related to Morality together with Right Speech and Right Action.
Right Livelihood implies earning a living whilst keeping loyal to your principles. One should not engage in trades or occupations that result in harm for other living beings. It is about integrating your work and career into life as a Buddhist with Equanimity. Ensure you can be honest in your business dealings. Adhere tot The Five Precepts. These are to refrain from:
This can be a challenge as many businesses in our society are harmful in some way to the world. Next to that our society is a complex structure of interdependencies. For instance we might say that the butcher's profession is not Right Livelihood as he kills another living being. At the same time there is an enormous demand for the product.
The responsibility for this situation is the responsibility of mankind. Not only the butcher his responsibility. Maybe the butcher might have no other option in choosing another profession. As he is also responsible to take care of his family he consciously chooses to be a butcher anyway. All these factors need to be taken into account. Nothing exists by its own.
As you probably spend most of your time at work it is important to understand how your work affects your mind and Heart. Is your work meaningful? Do I support the world with the work that I am doing? What can I change in order to make it more meaningful?