Business Ethics Case 1.1

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Case 1.1

1a. Whether or not dumping should be permitted is a moral question.
1b. "Are dangerous products of any use in the third world?" is a nonmoral question.
1c. "Is it proper for the U.S. government to sponsor the export of dangerous products overseas?" is a moral question.
1d. Whether or not the notification system works as its supporters claim it works is a nonmoral question.
1e. "Is it legal to dump this product overseas?" is a nonmoral question.

2. Dumping is a method of getting rid of unwanted products or substances that are harmful to people, animals, or the environment by exporting them to other countries in order to make a profit or mitigate a loss. An example used in the text is the flame resistant pajamas that were recalled because they contained Tris. These pajamas were dumped in overseas markets to help negate the company’s loss.

3. Dumpers dump because they want to either make a profit or avoid a loss in profit. I am sure some of the companies employees may have second thoughts on dumping, but not “making your number” can be quite a motivator to sidestep your moral beliefs. If I were one of the manufacturers of the Tris pajamas, I would have a hard time sending a product that I know to be toxic to a market with less restrictive regulations, but I think ultimately, I would do it if all information was disclosed not only to the government, but to the end purchaser as well.

4. Just because no laws may be broken does not mean it is always morally right for companies to dump unsafe products. If the product used on crops is harmful and outlawed in the US, then dumping that product may result in the use of it on crops in other countries that will eventually make their way back to the US and be consumed, negating the reason it was outlawed.

There are some cases where it may be morally just to dump a product in another country…...

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