We are motivated by immediate effects. Delayed or indirect consequences have less impact on our choices.
As we organize into groups, choice-makers become farther away from consequences of their choices. Their motives change to more immediate things. Indeed, group structures and systems are often designed to separate choice-makers from consequences.
Groups have no conscience. Only individuals are moral. Only individuals choose. Connections between choices and consequences must be maintained.
Decentralization, localization and an emphasis on sustainable ethics and systems is a better way.