Ethics Case Analysis: Trans-American Paper Company

937 WordsJul 19, 20134 Pages
Ethics Case Analysis: Trans-American Paper Company In resolving the ethical issues associated with business conduct the “seeing-knowing-doing” model is very useful. In this case analysis, we scan all the Trans-American Paper Company’s (TAPC) proposed/potential business options for the ethical issues. First, we will identify the ethical issues involved and its ethical/business/legal implications. Second, we will see how we can resolve these ethical issues and come up with best/second-best options. Finally, we develop an implementation strategy by leveraging ethical theories that identify (step one), resolve (step two) the ethical issues and implement (step three) our decision. In the proposed “Option 1”, the ethical issue is with the…show more content…
This balance is not a zero-sum calculation where only one party benefits. Rather an ideal balance is where economic growth sustains environmental protection and vice versa. In making such calculations, long term effects should be considered rather than short term gains/losses. In the proposed “Option 4”, the major ethical issue is with closing the plant itself, which will bring devastation to the local workers, business and community, whose lives are intertwined with this 23 year old plant. Using Utilitarian doctrine, closing the plant does not bring “greater good to greater numbers”. A company owes a higher degree of care to existing employees and they should not be treated as means to an end (Kant’s categorical imperative). Also, the negative publicity involved with closing the plant will not qualify the “Television Test”. In the proposed “Option 3”, all the facts points that this is a sound environmental, financial, operational and business decision. However the fact that Wei is planning on obtaining reduced priced electricity from the city using his connections is ethically/legally questionable. Since TAPC will be a business partners with Wei, TAPC will be responsible not only for itself but also for its partners. Without this ethical issue “Option 3” is by far the second best option. “Option 3” is already an environmentally friendly (sludge recycle, recovery of chemical/biological agents) and socially
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