Should We Go Beyond the Law?

And now they developed a new lubricant product which is turning point to decline its fortunes. Due to environmental regulations, they are facing to release wastes or not to dump into the river although their waste has already reached the standard that government requires. So should Nathan decide to dump the wastes into the river or not? II Objectives To save cost significantly and better financial performance.

This is a very popular issue in our current life, especially the company are facing downturn economic status and fierce competitive pressure on social responsibility and environment protection cost. In this case, Chem-Tech Corporation is facing the threat of its leader position in industry and has to develop new product and save significant cost. All of the management level except Nathan agree to dump the waste into the river since the waste also meets the regulations of environmental agencies.

But from the social viewpoint, the government is the legal one to protect the river and public benefit, however, this waste will affect and harm the public more or less since they are chemical products. One way, the management is under big pressure of saving cost and turning the declining point and another, they are facing the social responsibility to concern on public health. If Nathan follows the management and dump the waste into the river, they can largely lower the cost and get very lubricant profit. Apparently, there is no on to be harmful.

However, some side effect will appear after a few years and no one will pay for the damage to public health. In this case, there is no universal ethical standard or code in Chem-Tech Corporation, so Nathan can’t find any policy on company responsibility to support his decision. If he reports to the manufacturing vice president and get an opposite answer, he will face an awkward status in the same industry. But if he decides to dump the waste into the river, he is the one to blame by public if someone discloses the issue one day.

Not breaking any laws doesn’t mean one company takes the full responsibility when implementing their operations. From the long run, social responsibility is an intangible asset for the company. IV Alternatives There are some options for Nathan to take: 1, Doing research about related issue in the same industry and gives specific case on the pollution but not against the law. Since it has precedent to follow, it is easy to persuade the other management. 2, Researching another solution to save cost other than dump into the river. It itself will cost too much time and money, and maybe refused by the management level.

Will disclose the plan to government or public environmental organization so that they could change the regulations to the latest strict standard. This will affect Nathan’s future within and outside of the company. 4, Will report the issue to higher management and asks for help. But his supervisor already accused him to being a team player and then it will cause the worry of the top management on his implementation. V Recommendations Compared to the above options, we suggest Nathan reporting to his management and coming up with new solutions to save cost and asks for the support from the top management.