Finally, he could also just continue to run the plant as he has been and allow the
emissions to enter the atmosphere at higher levels than the EPA regulations allows and continue receiving fines until the plant will finally be shut down. There is also another ethical issue of whether or not he should report the to the EPA about the other Ardnak plants scheduling the heavy emissions throughout the night, so they can bypass the sporadic day time test conducted by the EPA. George has many choices that he could make, but they all are not ethical. In my opinion, George should do as the other branches and schedule all the heavy emission work at night so the EPA sporadic test during the day will not detect the high levels of emissions. To me this is the better choice because all the other choices the emissions will still be put in the air, but in this situation, Seguin’s economy will still be in tact and George will not have to worry about being responsible for the loss of jobs to his extended family and friends. This decision is an example of Utilitarianism, which defines right or acceptable actions as those that maximize total utility or the greatest good for the greatest number of people. This is utilitarianism because the decision he makes will benefit all of his employees and staff rather than moving and them losing their jobs. If he follows figure 5.1 in the book; framework for understanding ethical decision making in business will help him develop a strategic plan to make this decision by following the topics ethical issie intensity, individual factors, organizational factors, opportunity will all lead George to make the best decision for himself and the company.
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