Discussion related to the Role of Regulations and Ethical Business Conduct

MODULE 3 Assignment – 150 possible points

Name: ________________________________________

Remember the one point = one quality sentence rule.

Part A. Environmental Laws and Love Canal (24 points)

Most of the environmental laws were passed in the 1970s. One reason for this was the discovery of many rivers, lands, and other sites contaminated by toxic waste. I ask you to look at a lot of clips about Love Canal. Some are from the 1970s, some tell the history, and some are some recent sites.

First, as you watch the first clips, I want you to think about which entities acted unethically? Illegally? Explain why you think that way. Fill out the following information. You can put “none” in a few boxes.

Entity and Action Unethical Actions? Why do you believe so? Illegal Actions? Why do you believe so? Good Business Decision. Why do you believe so?
Hooker Chemical
(this row 5 pts)

NY Board of Education
(this row 5 pts)

Home Builders who built home around toxic pit
(this row 5 pts)

Federal Government
(this row 5 pts)

Of all the companies/entities, who acted the most unethically? Why do you believe that? (4 points)

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Part B. Discussion related to the Role of Regulations and Ethical Business Conduct (16 points)

Background. Generally, when there is a crisis, lawmakers do what they have power to do – pass a law or adopt a regulation. However, through time, the amount of regulations ebbs and flows. If you look at the Powerpoints provided on the various “ethics” laws or laws that impact business conduct, you’ll see that there were a lot of regulations which occurred in the 1960s/70s. Then when President Reagan was elected in the 1980s, we entered a major period of deregulation. During the 1990s, we had a few additional laws passed but nothing like the period of time in the 1970s. Most recently, we have again had a period of time of de-regulation. Many predict we will have the return to more laws/regulations but time will tell. I am providing you with two articles about the pros/cons of regulations on business. Read them quickly to get the gist of the articles.

https://www.cnbc.com/2016/12/16/4-reasons-some-small-businesses-owners-are-actually-grateful-for-regulation.html

You may also Google to find other articles if you are interested in this topic or to help you answer the chosen question.

Questions. Remember to provide a good discussion as this part is worth 16 points.

Answer either a. or b.

a. What role do you believe regulations play in steering the behavior of business? Explain. If you believe they play a role, explain. Pick an industry for which regulations are very important and discuss.

b. What role do you believe regulations play in steering the behavior of business? Explain. If you believe regulations DO NOT steer ethical business conduct, then explain your point of view. What then steers ethical behavior? Explain.

Part C. Impact of Multi-National Corporations on Business Ethics. (24 points)

Food Inc. Documentary as a Catalyst for Deeper Thought (24 total points (18 + 6))

I use the Food Inc. documentary to illustrate the power of multi-national corporations, their impact on the world, and often the unintended consequences that flow from their decisions and actions.

Taking Notes (12 possible points) As you watch the Food Inc. documentary, think about the actions of multi-national corporations, and make note of potential issues caused by the actions of large companies (McDonalds, Monsanto, and Poultry Companies (Smithfield and Perdue). Fill out the following chart for each one.

McDonalds (6 points)

Innovative/Good Business Decision or Action Unintended Consequence from a Decision or Action Perhaps Unethical Actions Perhaps Illegal Actions

Monsanto (6 points)

Innovative/Good Business Decision or Action Unintended Consequence from a Decision or Action Perhaps Unethical Actions Perhaps Illegal Actions

Smithfield/Perdue (6 points)

Innovative/Good Business Decision or Action Unintended Consequence from a Decision or Action Perhaps Unethical Actions Perhaps Illegal Actions

Other Food Inc. Issues (this part is worth 6 points) Food Inc. also makes some other points including the Food Libel Laws prevent people from talking about food, the regulatory agencies are greatly influenced/controlled by people from the Food Industry, the Food Industry wants to control the information we have about what is in our food, and Even if you choose not to eat at a Fast Food Restaurant you are still buying food at a grocery store that was produced by the same system.

Pick the issue that concerns you the most and explain why this issue concerns you. (6 points)

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Part D. Analyzing the Actions of your Documentary Organization (35 points)

The organization you are using as the center of your Documentary Case Analysis: _________

Does this organization meet the definition of a multi-national corporation? Explain why you answer the way you do. (5 points)

As you think about what the organization’s behavior or action in the documentary, answer and discuss each of the following questions:

What did the company/organization do that was Innovative or a Good Business Decision or Action? (5 points)

What did the company/organization do that was Illegal? Discuss the laws you believe the company/organization violated. (5 points)

What did the company/organization do that was unethical? You have discussed this in previous assignments, but list those actions again here. (5 points)

What were the UNINTENDED consequences of the company’s/organization’s actions? These really have to be results that were not planned or should have been known. (5 points)

Who or what had the ability to enforce the violation of laws or regulations? For example, were private citizens bringing law suits? Or were there governmental agencies that were conducting investigations and enforcing violations? Explain what the different methods at play to try to get the company to act differently. (5 points)

How effective were those methods above to get the company/organization to act differently? (5 points)

Part E. Your own digital privacy. (16 points)

  1. Conduct a Google search entering your name. What kinds of information do you find? Be general is describing it?
  2. When you do a Google search, do you find information that is not you? What is an employer attributed this information to you – what would be the result?
  3. How much of the information is incorrect, if any? Were you aware this information was available about you.
  4. Go to Spokeo.com or similar site and conduct a search on yourself. What types of information did you find? Is it accurate? Do not pay for a report. Just go with what you can look at for free.
  5. Enter the name of one of your parents into Spokeo.com. Was the information you found correct?
  6. Go to Facebook and search for your profile as if you were a stranger. What kinds of information could a stranger find out about you?
  7. If you were conducting an online character check on you for a job, and based on the good/bad information you found online, would you recommend that you proceed to the final interviews? Why or why not?
  8. What are your thoughts after going through these steps?

Part F. Electronic Privacy Information Center (20 points)

https://epic.org/privacy/

Explore the information and resources you find at the above link. Look around the site until you find something that interests you here. Tell me about what you found and why it is of interest to you. Again, remember to discuss your answer with at least 20 quality sentences. If you are struggling to write enough, then tell me about 2 different topics that interest you and why.

Part G. What do we do? How do we prevent “harm” being done by large multi-national corporations? (15 points)

In this module, we looked at issues such as E-waste and the lack of privacy protection as technology advances. We also looked at the challenge of protecting our oceans and the earth’s animals from illegal actions. In no less than 15 quality sentences, what do you think we do to address these large issues that impact the environment and people around the globe?

MODULE

3

Assignment

1

5

0

possible points

Name: ________________________________________

Remember the one point = one quality sentence rule.

Part

A

. Environmental Laws and Love Canal (

24

points)

Most of the environmental laws were

passed in the 1970s. One reason for this was the discovery of many

rivers, lands, and other sites contaminated by toxic waste. I ask you to look at a lot of clips about Love Canal.

Some are from the 1970s, some tell the history, and some are some recent si

tes.

First, as you watch the first clips, I want you to think about which entities acted unethically? Illegally? Explain

why you think that way. Fill out the following information.

You can put “none” in a few boxes.

Entity and Action

Unethical Actions? Why

do you believe so?

Illegal Actions? Why do

you believe so?

Good Business Decision.

Why do you believe so?

Hooker Chemical

(this row 5 pts)

NY Board of Education

(this row 5 pts)

Home Builders who built

home around toxic pit

(

this row 5 pts)

Federal Government

(this row 5 pts)

Of all the companies/entities, who acted the most unethically? Why do you believe that?

(4 points)

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MODULE 3 Assignment – 150 possible points

Name: ________________________________________

Remember the one point = one quality sentence rule.

Part A. Environmental Laws and Love Canal (24 points)

Most of the environmental laws were passed in the 1970s. One reason for this was the discovery of many

rivers, lands, and other sites contaminated by toxic waste. I ask you to look at a lot of clips about Love Canal.

Some are from the 1970s, some tell the history, and some are some recent sites.

First, as you watch the first clips, I want you to think about which entities acted unethically? Illegally? Explain

why you think that way. Fill out the following information. You can put “none” in a few boxes.

Entity and Action Unethical Actions? Why

do you believe so?

Illegal Actions? Why do

you believe so?

Good Business Decision.

Why do you believe so?

Hooker Chemical

(this row 5 pts)

NY Board of Education

(this row 5 pts)

Home Builders who built

home around toxic pit

(this row 5 pts)

Federal Government

(this row 5 pts)

Of all the companies/entities, who acted the most unethically? Why do you believe that? (4 points)

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