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Transcript of ETHICS
"The open-ended inquiry into the real life problems of humanity's relationship with the environment"
Take in all perspectives - Workability
deal with best information available
doesn't follow any ethical theory
Create competitive advantage
--> consider environment as a business opportunity
Main drivers of environmental responsibility
consumer demand/social pressure
-Environment as a Primordial Stakeholder
Form 4 groups and explain the main points of your assigned term!
Ethics and the Environment
Explain & Name a company
Efforts to safeguard the natural environment must go hand-in-hand with efforts to achieve more equitable distributions of power and wealth in human societies...
socially orientated concept - environment is not aware of
it's own power, and thus not considered a serious stakeholder
MAN - Steve Cutts
Short-run profit maximization <-> Environmental sustainability
Rents can be created in the short-run (opportunism)
In the long-run:
A combination of lack of awareness coupled with their relative lack of political and economic power makes poor minority communities a frequent target for environmentally hazardous activities
Ghana's Toxic Dumping ground - BBC
What do you think...?
Concern for Environment vs. Money
The environment is an essential part of all our lifes - We should treat it that way !
The story of stuff
Executive order on environmental justice
"Legitimacy gains rights through power"
social focus, however we feel a moral obligation to
crisis get attention, not slow processes other stakeholders are prioritized because of short-run focus on profits (rather than long-run sustainability)
consider space, time and order (nearness, relatedness)
Managers must accept environment as a primary stakeholder
Livestock production is one of the major causes of the world's most pressing environmental problems, including global warming, land degradation, air and water pollution, and loss of biodiversity.
Using a methodology that considers the entire commodity chain, it estimates that livestock are responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, a bigger share than that of transport. (source: FAO)
York- Pragmatic Sustainability
Cradle to cradle
Edad light car
All sentient creatures are considered
Moral dilemma for managers
Can lead to poor outcome
"We must treat all members of humanity as ends rather than means"
Difficult to apply in business strategy
"Humans must develop a character that leads to good environmental decisions."