The Legal, Spiritual, And Ethical Perspectives Of Volkswagen

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Abstract In 2015, Volkswagen incurred a problematic situation that left people asking the question, “Where were the Lawyers?” Volkswagen’s sales were spiraling out of control in crucial markets such as China and Brazil, which eventually lead to a reputation damage for the company. Likewise, the emissions testing catastrophe only made matters worse. Over 11 million of Volkswagen’s diesel cars worldwide were equipped with illegal software, used to cheat on emissions testing, posing a more serious threat to the environment as well as endangering human life. Specifically, this paper will discuss how I as an employee or manger would have prevented the incident and as a CEO, how I would have responded once the issue became public as well as to…show more content…
According to Maxwell (2001), Integrity is not what we do so much as who we are. And who we are, in turn, determines what we do (p. 36). As a manager in the engineering department, the preemptive actions I would have taken to prevent such a debacle would have been to implement a code of conduct, ensure the emissions tests were properly done, and perform a final inspection. First and foremost, a code of conduct would have been set in place. It would provide the engineers with an overview of the rules and regulations for the company. Secondly, I would have made sure that the software for the emissions tests was both, complete and accurate. In order to do so, a computer would be programmed to run multiple tests to ensure that our product was not providing any falsified data. Thirdly, an inspection would have been performed. The engineers assigned to the task of making the ignition switch, would have no other choice but to do the job correctly. Ephesians 6:7-8 declares, “Serve whole heartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, not because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free (“Read and Study,” n.d.).” As Christians, our walk with Christ does not comprise of shortcuts or taking the easy route. The race is not a sprint; it is a marathon. In the end, the reward is so much greater because

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