Behavior, Sustainability and Social Responsibility
2 August 2013
Though there are business leaders and philosophers that object to the belief or need of exhausting time, money or resources for the welfare of its people, be it consumers or employees, data indicates that those who do recognize their noblesse oblige will prosper (BP, pg 149). Practicing ethical business operations has been a talked about subject since the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Whether it is sustainability or social responsibility, approaches to business ethics have yet to be standardized. At the peak of today’s ethical environmental dilemmas stands Monsanto, the organization that prides ...view middle of the document...
After organizations responded to environmental laws, more and more companies began implementing internal programs and support within their own companies. A few of the companies that have joined the movement include: Waste Management, General Electric, Continental, Whole Foods and Hewlett Packard. All of these organizations have spent tremendous amounts of dollars on a cause that will not only generate profits for them, but will also earn the respect of the general public.
The sustainability issues that society faces include: air and water pollution, global warming and land. The chemicals that cause air pollution from various modes of transportation along with power plants and factories have been known to be the cause of certain health issues for humans and animals as well. Those related health issues are: asthma, bronchitis, allergies, birth defects and cancer. Air pollution issues negatively affect bodies of water, plants, and traveling visibility. A study conducted by researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that combustion emissions cause approximately 13,000 premature deaths a year, with road transport being the biggest source. The study was published in the journal for Environmental Science and Technology and also reported in The Daily Telegraph on April 2012. In regards to birth issues, according to professors Ritz and Wilhelm, of the UCLA Department of Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences, and Neurology, approximately 150,000 births occur every year in Los Angeles County where air pollutants should be of great concern to the residents of that region. The professors indicate that the time between conception and birth is perhaps one of the most vulnerable life stages, during which the environment may have tremendous immediate and lasting effects on health.
Aside from the alarming fact regarding greenhouse gases and the accelerated fahrenheit increase said to be sufficient to flood coastal areas and low-lying inland nations (Business Ethics 9th ed.), additional agricultural concerns have ignited many into self-education for matters pertaining to environmental sustainability. Though the use of Monsanto’s genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been banned in some countries, many others continue to accept them. Many have protested against the United States government not taking a lead on conducting detailed investigations on the current or expected health and environmental effects. Agriculture operations, such as those used by Monsanto, are also a major source of environmental and health concerns. Recently, (cite) reported that the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) allowed the company to raise the level of pesticides used for the sustainability of crops. It is known that the chemicals found in pesticides, animal feed and plowing is having a substantial effect on animals, insects and human health (cite).
Two of the most prominent and devastating news...