Business Ethics


Discussion 1: Made in the U.S.A. – Please respond to the following:
· From the case study, discuss the ethical issues of “Made in the U.S.A. – Dumped in Brazil, Africa, Iraq”
· From the case study, determine these factors: (a) people or institution doing the dumping, (b) reasons for dumping, (c) places where the dumping takes place, or (d) the product, influence the moral implications of dumping.

Discussion 2: Conscience and Moral Principles – Please respond to the following:

Suggest some reasons why a person may go against his /her conscience in spite of the consequences. Provide examples with your response.
As stated in the text, “Imagine that you are in your car hurrying home along a quiet road, trying hard to get there in time to see the kickoff of an important football game. You pass an acquaintance having care trouble. He doesn’t recognize you. As a dedicated fan, you keep going rather than stop and help him her and missing at least part of the game.” Debate the reasons for stopping and not stopping, and how it applies to moral principles.
Discussion 3: Hacking into Harvard – Please respond to the following:

From the first case study, explain whether you consider what they did morally permissible or impermissible. Determine the obligations, ideals, and effects that the applicants should have considered.
From the first case study, determine if this constitutes cheating. Speculate why someone would do something, such as copy and paste information directly from the Internet into a class paper and not cite the source knowing the consequences of this action.
Discussion 4: The Ford Pinto – Please respond to the following:

From the second case study, assess Ford’s handling of the Pinto from the perspective of each of the moral theories discussed in the chapter. Explain the theory that seems most appropriate to the situation.
From the second case study, take the point of view of the Ford officials. Justify their decision. Explain the theory that seems most appropriate to the situation.

Discussion 5: Poverty in America – Please respond to the following:
From the case study, determine the causes poverty and if they are structural or individual. Explain your rationale.
As a society, debate if we have a moral obligation, if any, to reduce poverty. Propose courses of action to reduce poverty in the America.
Discussion 6: Economic Overview – Please respond to the following:

From the video, ( taking into consideration the economic condition of the U.S. during 2009 through 2012, determine who is responsible for the current economic situation and explain your rationale.
From the video, imagine you are a homeowner who either paid or refinanced too much for your home due to the mortgage crisis in the past years. Take a position on who is to blame for the crisis – the mortgage industry or the consumer.
Discussion 7: Big Box – Please respond to the following:
From the video, ( determine if it is the responsibility of an organization to pay its workers a “living wage.” Explain your rationale.
From the e-Activity, as well as the video, examine the effect Wal-Mart has had on other businesses. Support your response.
Discussion 8: Free Speech or False Advertising – Please respond to the following:
From the case study, determine if Nike engaged in commercial speech, or if its statements were political or social speech. Based on your knowledge, suggest what determines whether speech is commercial or not.
From the case study, given that corporations are artificial entities, take a position whether corporations should have the same moral rights and obligations as individual human beings.

Please answer each discussion separately and complete. Each discussion should be at least 125 words each.


From the case study, the ethical issue arising from dumping is very clear (Shaw, 2011).  While the companies and people who do the dumping may bear the blame, the biggest blames however lies in institutional dumping perpetrated by the federal agencies (Shaw, 2011).  This has a moral implication because the   negative health effects associated with these products is transferred from the United States to the countries where it is dumped. The main reason for dumping is to evade the losses from the recall of the products.  However, the loss that could be incurred by a company is not more than the health implications that results from where the product is dumped. In the place where the goods are dumped, people are not aware of the health effects of these products and it is upon the federal agencies to liaise with governments where the products are dumped to warn them.