Ethics "Somethings Rotten in Hondu" Essay

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Something’s Rotten in Hondo The decision makers in the “Something’s Rotten in Hondo” are George the Plant Manager and Bill George’s boss. The Stakeholders are George, George’s family, the town of Hondo, Environmental Protection Agency, all who are affected by the plants pollution, the Mexican town, and the environment. George had moved from El Paso, Texas to Hondo, Texas with his family four years ago to assume the roll of the manager at Ardnak Plastic Inc. This plant manufactures plastic parts for small equipment and has several hundred workers from the town of Hondo. For the past few months George has been getting calls from his boss Bill because the emissions from the plants smokestacks were constantly above Environmental Protection…show more content…
Kant’s Categorical Imperative Theory suggests that, if a person feels it is ethical to lie then that person should feel it is ethical for everyone to lie under the same circumstances in order to protect themselves from punishment (eGuide to Ethics and the Legal Environment, chap. 1, p.5). Therefore, if George feels it is ethical to evade the Environmental Protection Agency he must believe that it is ethical for everyone to evade the Environmental Protection Agency under the same situation. If George’s decision is to do what the other Ardnak plants do and schedule the bulk of production at night to evade the Environmental Protection Agency in order to save jobs then his decision would be considered ethical. If George was to base his decision according to Kant’s theory he would have to believe that it is alright and therefore must believe that it is ok of everyone else to do the same. (eGuide to Ethics and the Legal Environment, chap. 1, p.5). Under Mill’s Theory of Utilitarianism George’s decision to schedule the bulk of production at night to evade the Environmental Protection Agency in order to save jobs would be considered ethical based on whether or not the good outweighs the bad. In this case the good would be, if George decided to Schedule mass production at night, is that the Environmental Protection Agency’s emission readings would be low, there

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