Ethics And Code Of Ethics

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a. Felipe was concerned about many issues when he visited the Chinese factories. The ethical filter of “self” spoke words to him, as he felt uncomfortable about continuing to outsource his company’s products from a factory with such rough conditions. The employment of young girls, long working hours, lack of appropriate gears for employees to perform their work safely, high temperatures inside the factories, danger respiratory conditions, and also the living conditions the workforce was exposed to - including no windows or running water - were against his personal definition of right, good and fair. Even though the case study does not describe clearly, one could easily assume that these practices do not comply with the key values and the code of ethics and conduct that Felipe’s company is likely to have. The fact that Felipe was immediately shocked with the labor conditions shows that it goes against what his company practices in his home country, triggering the filters of “policies” and “universal”.

b. For Felipe’s company and other competitors that also have their products manufactured by the Chinese factory, what was at stake was the cost of goods, which was important for the overall competitiveness. Felipe’s boss was very direct in pointing out that he believed that any change in the factory’s policy would increase costs, which would impact in the purchase price of the merchandise they were sourcing from China. Therefore, in order not to raise prices, it was not in

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