Refusing a the Gift to the University for Ethical Reasons

TitleRefusing a the Gift to the University for Ethical Reasons
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsLadenson, R
Corporate Authorsof Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, IIT
Date Published04/1995
PublisherCenter for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsAcademic Ethics , BUSINESS ethics , education
AbstractA new building at the University of Texas, Austin will be named the Louise and James Robert Moffett Molecular Biology Building, and one wing will be named for Mr. Moffett's Company Freeport-McMoRan. The Moffett's personally donated $2 million for the building, while the Company gave $1 million. Environmentalists pointed out that in 1992 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency listed New Orleans based Freeport-McMoRan, a mining company, as the nation's worst emitter of toxic chemicals. “Jim Bob Moffett and Freepont-McMorRan are an environmentalist's worst nightmare,” said Bill Bunch, an environmental lawyer who has battled with the Company. Bill Collier, a spokesman for FreeportMcMoRan said the E.P.A. data referred to emissions from Louisiana fertilizer companies that have since been cleaned up. “If environmentalists can come up with the $3 million for the building," he added, he would ask Moffett to withdraw his gift.Should the University of Texas, Austin accept the gift from Mr. Moffett? If so, why? If not, why not?
NotesCase study from the 1995 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. Copyright, Robert Ladenson, Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1995.
URLhttp://ethics.iit.edu/EEL/Moffett.pdf
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