H.B. Fuller is Not Morally Responsible for the Addiction of Street Children to its Resistol Products

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H.B. Fuller is Not Morally Responsible for the Addiction of Street Children to its Resistol Products

1. In your judgment, is H.B. Fuller morally responsible for the addiction of street children to its Resistol products? In my opinion, H.B. Fuller is not morally responsible for the addiction of street children to its Resistol products. A corporation is morally responsible only for those acts and their foreseen injurious effects: (a) which the corporation knowingly and freely performed or brought about and which it was morally wrong for the corporation to fail to perform or prevent and/or (b) which the person knowingly and freely failed to perform or prevent and which it was morally wrong for the corporation to fail to perform or
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Do you agree or disagree with the statement that the social condition in Honduras and Guatemala are responsible for misuse of H.B. Fuller's products and that neither the products nor the company is to blame? The social condition is certainly a main cause; but it does not necessarily take all of the causal blame. Not only does the social condition factor into the misuse of Fuller's products but also does the economic factor relate to the issue. The economic condition is certainly not the sole bearer of cause for the misuse of Fuller's products, either. There are certain players in this unfortunate epidemic that have not been taken into account. These variables include the retailers, middlemen, and corrupt distributors who most likely made a profit from selling the glue to the children on the streets. In addition, there was management among the subsidiary companies who helped produce this product that must have been aware of this pertinent issue. Who is to say that management never tried to resolve anything, or even bring up the issue? They probably did, but nothing drastic as cancellation of their product ever came of it. All in all, the social and economic conditions in Guatemala and Honduras were the primary reasons why the children resorted to a medium of venting, namely H.B. Fuller's product. Could the company and its products have intervened to help the dilemma?

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