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Title: Global Business Ethics and Social Responsibility


1
Global Business Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • Chapter 10

2
Ethical Issues 4 Types
  • When a company deals internationally, they must
    deal with four types of ethical issues
  • The host country and society
  • Consumers
  • Employees
  • Investors and stockholders

3
Societal Issues
  • Example The Environment
  • Clean air, water, soil are needed to live
  • Businesses slow to respond to environmental
    concerns
  • Canada among the worst polluters per capita in
    the world (worse than the USA)

4
Societal Issues
  • THE major concern is currently is global warming
  • Kyoto Protocol (Kyoto Accord) - 1997 Kyoto
    Japan, agreement to reduce carbon dioxide
    emissions
  • The USA and Australia did not sign, Canada will
    not honour agreement
  • Recent pressure for action An Inconvenient
    Truth by Al Gore

5
Consumer Issues
  • Example Quality Control
  • Product Safety Standards
  • Childrens toys, tires, medication
  • Examples
  • Johnson and Johnson - Tylenol scare of 1982
    (cyanide killed 7)
  • Firestone Tires on Ford Explorers - recalled 6.5
    million tires after numerous deaths in N. America

6
Employee Issues
  • Examples
  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • Varied by country
  • Equality
  • Women still not treated fairly in many countries
  • Human rights
  • Trade with countries that use child labour?
  • Labour
  • Ethics of giving employees rights, cheaper, less
    hassle elsewhere

7
Stockholder Issues
  • Illegal business dealings often result in company
    ceasing to exist (e.g. Enron)
  • Corrupt governments and business are plentiful
  • What effect does this have on shareholders?
  • 2002 Corruption Perceptions Index ranked 102
    countries for corruption
  • Bangladesh, Nigeria, Paraguay, Kenya most corrupt
  • Finland, Denmark least corrupt
  • Canada 7th

8
Ethical Dilemmas - Worksheet
  • What would you do in the given scenarios?
  • Read sample case studies and organize each into
    the following
  • Problem
  • People affected
  • What if scenarios
  • What choice would you make?
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