Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsLadenson, R
Corporate Authorsof Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, IIT
Date Published02/1996
PublisherCenter for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology
Publication Languageeng
Keywordsbusiness , ENVIRONMENTAL ethics , public safety
AbstractAcme Corporation, an American Company, has recently acquired Enviroblot Incorporated, another American Company that operates a large copper smelter in a Latin American country. The smelter complies with the country's environmental laws, but, nonetheless, emits 2,000 tons of sulfur dioxide into the air every day, or 10 to 15 times the permissible limit for similar plants in the United States. Local residents have attributed health problems to the smelter, and the incidence of respiratory ailments, cancer, and disease affecting the circulatory system has steadily increased in the area of the smelter over the past five years. There are no medical studies at this time indicating a direct link between these conditions and the operation of the smelter. The country in which the smelter is located is a major world producer of copper, and copper production is a vital part of its economy. In recent years Enviroblot's profits from the smelter have been high owing to a rise in copper prices on the world market. Describe the policy that Acme, the new parent company, should adopt in this case.
NotesCase from the February 24, 1996 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. Copyright Robert Ladenson, Center for the Study of Ethics at the Illinois Institute of Technology, 1996.
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