current waste facilities were not adequate to handle the waste products that would be created by the
“ultramodern” new plant in a manner that would meet the industry's fairly high standards, although they
could still comply with federal standards. Kirk’s boss, Henry, noted that the estimated cost per unit would
be increased if the waste treatment facilities were upgraded according to recent industry standards. While
industry standards were presently more stringent than federal regulations, environmentalists were
pressuring strongly for improving regulations at the federal level.
Bob mentioned that since their closest competitor did not have the waste treatment facilities that already
existed at their firm, he was not in favor of any more expenditures in this area. Most managers at this
meeting resoundingly agreed with Bob, and business continued on to another topic.
Kirk did not hear a word during the rest of the meeting. He kept wondering how the company could
possibly have such a casual attitude toward the environment. Yet he did not know if, how, or when he
could share his opinion. Soon he started reflecting on whether this was the right firm for him.