The Ethical Responsibilities Of American Corporations Essay

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The Ethical Responsibilities of American Corporations in the Developing World

si fueris Rōmae, Rōmānō vīvitō mōre; si fueris alibī, vīvitō sicut ibi ‎(“if you should be in Rome, live in the Roman manner; if you should be elsewhere, live as they do there”) - St Ambrose

Pepsi CO started to invest in the Indian subcontinent in the early nineties having since that time built dozens of bottling plants, created hundreds of thousands of jobs and injected some two billion in capital.(Thom Forbes). All of these contributions are not with out controversy, though. In the recent past, 2006, It was found that Pepsi products produced in India contained dangerous levels of pesticides and other chemicals(Sean McLain). This is not what most people usually associated with soda pop. This contamination of Pepsi 's products stems from production practices implemented in India, but not in Europe or the United States(Business Week). All can agree, The shear scale of business Pepsi CO. engages, in the United States and abroad makes it an extremely powerful entity, economically and politically. Accordingly, St. Ambrose would have to agree-- Pepsi CO. production practices, while being completely legal in India, are unethical. There are those who would disagree, those like Thomas Donaldson argue that market forces should be heeded in all economic matters. Simply put, they are wrong. The United States Constitution states that all men are created equal, even though the document is often
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