Week 6 Discussion
According to the article “Resolving Business Challenges”, the Cornco Company is at a dilemma because the entry of other companies in the market is likely to increase their production cost in an effort to counterattack the competition. Therefore, the company’s officials, Jake and George come up with the idea of blending pure corn with contaminated corn to reduce their cost of production and to counter the stiff competition from upcoming companies. I think in the process, this raises a corporate ethical issue. In my opinion, U.S laws are biased. This is because questionable products such as corn contaminated with aflatoxin are prohibited within the US. However, no US law prohibits shipping of contaminated corn or products to other countries such as Mexico. I believe this is unethical as the US government seems to be selfish by concentrating on what benefits its citizens and does not care about the effect of such products on the citizens of other countries (Vilcox& Mohan, 2007).
Basing on the suggestions given that will influence George’s decision, I think some of them are wrong. For instance, the suggestion “Use the corn or we all get laid off” is a clear indication that the employees are selfish and only focus on their gains and the company’s profitability. Conversely, I am of the opinion that the suggestion of “Process it and ship it off to Mexico” is reckless and does not look into the health of the Mexican citizens. Additionally, I think the suggestion “It’s just wrong to use this corn” is kind of concerned about the effects of the corn. Definitely, I have the perception that the opinions of the employees in the suggestion box will in one way or another determine George’s decision-making. It is most likely that he will ship the contaminated corn to Mexico.
It is worth noting that one of the pressures that have led to the rise of legal and ethical issues is the competition by other companies has forced George and Jake to turn to contaminated corn in order to reduce the cost of production. Secondly, the employees do not want to be laid off and hence want George to ship the contaminated corn to Mexico in order to enhance the company’s profitability and reduce the chances of being laid off.
Business ethics program might have helped in this scenario as the company’s management would have been made aware of other effective ways of fighting stiff competition from other companies other than selling contaminated corn to other countries (Vilcox& Mohan, 2007).
Question 2: Healthcare
There is a debate about healthcare being a universal right and that various governments should enhance its provision to their citizens. I am in support of the opinion because; hard work and healthy living does not assure being healthy (Panicola, 2007). Individuals cannot afford the high costs of healthcare and health insurance, hence governments need to step in and provide healthcare to their citizens. Besides, healthcare is one of the primary necessities among individuals in the world today. It is worth noting that healthcare is different from other necessities such as food, shelter and clothing of which it is the duty of individuals to provide these for themselves. Healthcare is very expensive and it is a universal necessity stipulated in the universal rights that every individual has the right to access healthcare. Most of the time, it is the duty of governments to ensure that the rights contained in the universal human rights document is provided to their citizens.
The ethical issue in the debate is that governments are in a pole position to offer healthcare to their citizens because of their financial power. Conversely, the societal issue in this debate is that despite healthy living among the members of the society, this does not guarantee them freedom from illnesses. I also believe that the global issue in this debate is that governments should play integral roles in providing healthcare if healthy living standards are to be achieved. In my opinion, governments have the responsibility of taking care of their citizens, and provision of healthcare is one of the duties. It is moral for governments to take care of their citizens (Panicola, 2007). Developed countries have set the pace and in fact, they provide free healthcare services to their citizens. This is a scenario where patients do not have to pay money in order to access healthcare services. I am of the opinion that the issue discussed is a global ethical issue as healthcare is a global concern and not a business concern. Therefore, efforts should step in and provide healthcare to their citizens.
Panicola, M. R. (2007). An introduction to health care ethics: Theological foundations, contemporary issues, and controversial cases. Winona, MN: Anselm Academic.
Vilcox, M. W., & Mohan, T. O. (2007).Contemporary issues in business ethics. New York: Nova Science Publishers.