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Submit every assessment by the due date Note: Turnitin submission is required for all written submissions (except Readings Review) for plagiarism detection and marking via GradeMark. Where Turnitin submission is required, the piece must have a similarity less than 20% by the due date. Resubmission into Turnitin up to the due date is available. Note you may be required to resubmit assessments even if your similarity index is less than 20%, due to evidence of plagiarism, see explanation of what is plagiarism. Extensions must be negotiated prior to the due date; otherwise Special Consideration must be applied for accompanied by appropriate evidence of hardship. Failure to meet these required standards will result in a fail in this subject, there will be no supplementary assessments available for this unit. Business Ethics unit study guide Page | 11
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Business Ethics Dilemmas: Global Front 1 Water Issues (a)Bottled Water: Who owns the water that goes into plastic bottles? Environmentalists advocate outlawing the commoditisation of water, especially where local water supplies are packaged and sold for a profit that the local residents do not share in. Adding unnecessary resource utilisation to a product that comes out of a tap, as well as the marketing hype that surrounds bottled water raises many ethical questions. What impact does bottled water have on the environment, water sources and what ethical dilemmas arise from this? (b)Human Right to Water: Should there be a Universal Human Right to Water? Controversy has dogged countries that have failed to ratify the United Nations General Assembly Right to Water declaration in July, 2010. The factors that led to this UN declaration highlight the importance water holds in the survival of humans on this planet. The moral implications of water management and control with 7 billion thirsty humans and competing industrial and local community stakeholder needs are profound. 2 The Garment Industry: Can corporate social responsibility address fundamental issues of labour and human rights abuses in the global garment supply chain? What are the fundamental issues that must be faced to enable business to meet its international human rights obligations? Can the various stakeholders such as: firms, suppliers, unions, labour rights campaigns, workers, and consumers address the tensions that exist between corporate profit driven strategies and their moral obligations to do no harm? Organisational Front 3 Employee Behaviour and Working Relationships From large corporations to small businesses, individuals involved in all types of business often face ethical issues stemming from employee behaviour. For example, whether an employee can spend work time checking personal email accounts, how a manager deals with claims of harassment and to what extent a Business Ethics unit study guide Page | 12
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manager can "groom" a certain employee for a promotion are all examples of ethical issues regarding employee behaviour. In addition to employee behaviour,
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