Boeings lapse of ethics was well thought out and well contrived through a number of unethical avenues. There was very little room for anyone to point the finger solely on one person. Mr. Michael Sears and Ms. Doreen Druyen must have known from the beginning that the ethical conduct they adopted for their management was beneath company standards. Sears displayed the pre-conventional stage of moral development with this exchange of favours. Since there is yet to be an accurate meter for gauging what is or isn’t ethically acceptable, guidelines are set in place by board of directors and government organizations.Unless these guidelines are followed accurately a business can easily slide off the ethical rails with misleading and false information making its way onto reports in bid to conceal bad business judgements.
In many cases of investigations into collapsed businesses it is proven that often steps in the protocols aren’t being met with blind faith in superiors, ignorance, laziness or sub ethical standards to blame. A combination of all it would seem is a cocktail for disaster. The Tanker Scandal and the AWB scandal have highlighted the need for closer scrutiny yet again of large corporations.Especially those with higher social responsibility and those that are attached directly to the Government to avoid the bruising of international pride. Fortunately keeping a closer eye on big business and the Government is becoming a lot easier for anyone to do with the advances in technology. This could well be why so many large corporations over the past few years have had so much to answer for. It wasn’t all that long ago that the share market was considered a risky investment option, one can only surmise this may be because cover-ups were easier to hide and therefore contributed to a higher number of corporate collapses.Social Responsibility Boeings reputation has taken a hard fall.
The lack of social responsibility to the public, the Government and the shareholders is immense and will take plenty of sharp public talking and strong action to climb out of the mess, which surrounds them. Big businesses have the responsibility to society too not only give something back in the form of charity contributions but to lead by example with good leadership and ethics.After all, the majority of the public are the consumers of large corporation products, services and even relies on them for income; whether it is for employment or investment with stocks in the share market. The best example of this is McDonalds. It is difficult to leave your life’s savings under your bed to retire on. Here in Australia a large amount of our superannuation is tired up in the ASX and our savings are mostly in banks. If the decline in corporate ethics disintegrates so to would our way of life.
For society to progress forward, confidence and trust of large corporations is vital.Procter & Gamble are a perfect example to argue the point. With their high number of employees and large array of product lines they need to keep staff moral up, which in turn strengthens the corporation’s internal culture and contributes to their social responsibility. Still this is only one area where corporations need to be mindful of society’s needs and expectations.
Environmental issues are an area where we insist that big business consider the present and the future effects that their company’s practices have on our environment.Not all social responsibility is necessarily external. A clean, safe workplace environment is the responsibility of the employer. Given that so much of our time is spent at work each week it is important that the space in which people must practice day to day is set to optimize moral and in turn productivity. This can be obtained by keeping good work place standards maintained and should include providing workers with the correct equipment, clean amenities and adequate time frames to meet deadlines and even a little music when appropriate.A vile betrayal of such corporate social responsibility would be the James Hardy’s corporation. They knowingly allowed hundreds of workers over many years to work amongst cancer causing asbestos.
Not only did they conceal this life altering information from their employees for profit. But to make matters worse they continue to drag out settlements with victims for as long as possible to reduce the amount of required payouts as the asbestos poisoning takes its toll. Then we have large corporations that of late have breached the ethical trust and ignited questions and scrutiny towards the corporate world.Boeing is far from alone with businesses such as Enron, HIH, Onetel, Ansett AWB and many more that have either collapsed taking innocent investors’ money or creating sham deals to increase the wealth of management and or the Government. The current AWB scandal brings up many questions and theories into the business culture, corporate responsibility and work ethic of not only the AWB but also the hidden agenda of our Government. Similar questions in fact of those that one could ask of Boeing. The Government for years has been working closely with the AWB just like the American Government has been working closely with Boeing.With billion dollar deals designed to work for each of their own businesses and their own country’s economy.
Each day more and more information is entering the public eye on the AWB scandal. We are only now just becoming aware of how even the time frames of both scandals have crossed over in the early 2000’s and that questions have been repeatedly asked of the AWB and Boeing along with their respected Governments to provide more information into the agreements met concerning all parties involved. The UN’s Food for Oil program was clearly a way to securer that deal.The UN prides them selves on the good work they do for many countries, cultures and people. The United Nations was created to do just that.
Unite Nations. Good intentions along with exceptional publicity meant they never had to earn respect as a large corporate organization. As do not for profit organizations, making them the perfect cover for a number of shaded deals over the years relating to the UN. Conclusion I think it’s fair to say that all three areas discussed are entwined throughout all levels of business; for both small and large businesses and for ‘not for profit’ and Government businesses.
The circumstances surrounding any single organisation on its own is different, with external and internal environments controlling to some degree the ethical standards that management employed. The amount of direct contact with other businesses both locally and internationally and the amount of employees on the pay roll from across the globe or locally generates the need for a stronger internal culture. I have surmised that the stronger the internal culture the higher degree of ethical standards securing a more supportive corporate social responsibility agenda across the board.