Whose interests should Feuerstein consider in making this decision? Howmany different people were affected by the fire and the decision?Feuerstein considered the business interests of the company (which decisionmade the most financial sense) and its stockholders, as well as consider theinterests of the employees, the managers, the community, the apparel companiesto whom Malden Mills supplied Polartec fabric, and even the end-usecustomers who purchased clothing made of Polartec fabric. Ultimately, therewere many different groups of people affected by the fire and the decision -stakeholders at every level would feel the effects.
What other options were available for Feuerstein? How would thesealternatives have affected the other people involved?Feuerstein had several options. 1) He could have relocated the company to a location with cheaper taxes and cheaper labor. 2) He could have simply taken the insurance money and chosen not to reopen the business. 3) He could have vowed to rebuild the company and allowed all current employees to keep their jobs. 4) He could have reopened the business but not have paid his workers in the interim and simply hired available workers at the time of the reopening. Were Feuerstein’s actions charitable, or was this something he had a duty or obligation to do? What is the difference between acts of charity and obligatory acts? Feuerstein’s actions were considered by society to be charitable, since he did not have any contractual or other legal obligation or duty to keep the factory open in Malden or to pay the employees’ salaries until it had reopened. He had several other options that he could have taken which might have still been considered to have been reasonable choices; but his choice was to do what he thought was appropriate, equitable, and a demonstration of his loyalty to his employees.
- Spring '13
- Ethics, Philosophy of life, Obligation, Aaron Feuerstein, Malden Mills, Polar fleece