Essay on Sustainability: Ethical and Social Responsibility Dimensions

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MGT 400

Sustainability: Ethical and Social Responsibility Dimensions

Faculty: Case Study Henry Siegel

Allen Johnson

National University
December 12, 2012

Table of Contents Introduction 3 Issues Raised 4 Textbook Questions 5 References 6

Introduction When making business decisions that impact the environment, there are often risks and issues that affect an organization. It is important to identify those issues and risks to promote sustainability. Stakeholders have concerns about different aspects of the environment and how organizations should respond to them through strategies and how they operate. A positive ethical culture can be created when a business shows concern for the
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Trees are being cut down to make room for palm oil plantations or for raising sugarcane. According to Ferrell, Fraedrich and Ferrell (2011) “the profits from deforestation for farmers are usually short-lived as rainforest soil is of poor quality. This prompts low-income farmers to destroy more forest to eke out a living” (p. A-4).
After World War II building boom, urban sprawl began. Ferrell, Fraedrich and Ferrell (2011) state “ As the places where people live, work, and shop grew further apart, peoples began spending more time in automobiles driving greater distances” (p. A-5). This has not only contributed to consumed wildlife habitats, wetlands, and farmland, it has also contributed to air, water, and land pollution.
Ferrell, Fraedrich and Ferrell (2011) say that “deforestation, pollution, development, and urban sprawl have put increasing pressure on wildlife, plants and their habitats” (p. A-5). Many plants and animals have already become extinct, and there are thousands more threatened. Experts fear that the overutilization of natural resources will cause catastrophic imbalances in the environment. According to Ferrell, Fraedrich and Ferrell (2011) “each biological species plays a unique role in its ecosystem and is part of a complex chain of events, the loss of any one of them may threaten the entire ecosystem” (p. A-5).
Analysis of Decision / Final Result There are several alternatives to