because they fear these women cannot have children, that their future health will be fragile,and that they will have expensive chronic illnesses.The right to a safe environment is violated because the plant still contains contamination towhich Bhopal residents are exposed.9Some students may argue that former CEO Warren Andersen has an obligation to appear in an Indian courton the culpable homicide charge. 7Dow Chemical Company, Notice of the Annual Meeting and Proxy Statement, May 29, 2004, p.14. 8Amnesty International, Clouds of Injustice: Bhopal Disaster 20 Years On(Oxford, U.K.: Alden Press, 2004), p. 28.9These alleged human rights violations and the sources of the standards or treaties they violate are set forth in Ibid., chapter 2.151
All threads of legal liability leading from India back to Dow Chemical are weak. Still, the question ofresponsibility beyond the law hangs in the air. Students can discuss whether any principle or theory ofethics or any guideline for social responsibility is persuasive. If Dow Chemical wanted to help the victimsas an act of either responsibility or charity, it could easily find an ethical argument to justify action. In theend, it does not want to allow any crack in the closed case that might expose it to more legal liability. 6. What lessons can other corporations and countries learn from this story?
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