sank with passengers and crew still on board. After the seriousness of the situation had been established the coast guard responded immediately in which the captain was commanded to get back on board. This was the reason for the captain having full responsibility for the ship and it’s their ethical duty. The captain neglected his duty at this time and it was this time that he was needed by the people more than ever ( Nuseir & Ghandour, 2019) . It’s also unethical that the ship could host such a large number of people bearing in mind that in case of emergencies it becomes hard to evacuate people on the same. Cruise ships are designed for people to stay on it for a short time and hence the crew needs to function with little capacity to learn about there residents. Training is extremely important for all the crew members and in this case, there appeared to be a deficiency in training especially as related to emergencies. This may have wreaked havoc on the ship and also there was also no emergency training on the ship. Understanding of the case One of the key issues of ethics that I learn from the above case study has to do with egoism. This mainly refers to the tendency of firms to act in their self-interest and nit the good of the entire society. In this theory, humans thought to act in their interests and desires and this is opposed to altruism in which humans act in a way to help others. This theory is mainly associated with Greek hedonism whose main aim was to pursue pleasure regardless of whether it was at the expense of others. There is an assumption that people's actions are wholly guided by self-interest and they are motivated by certain feeling including love, sense
WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST AN ANTIQUATED NOTION 7 of justice fear and many others. On many occasions, one may take actions with good intentions but they may not be in their best interest. According to Drumwright (2018), today's culture reflects an interest in self- improvement, self-esteem, and gratification with the main focus of people being on immediate gratification. The actions of Captain Schettino are an example of the act only for self-interest. Leaving all the passengers on board he went and sort refuge to avoid any inconveniences that would occur as a result of being available. According to Fiolleau & Kaplan, (2017), there are different kinds of egoism among them being descriptive in which people act in self-serving ways but may try to disguise their self-fish motives. This is exactly what the company did by trying to pretend that they were there for the good of the people which was not true. The other important aspect that one can learn from the case is the issue to do with corporate social responsibility. This refers to the concept where the companies integrate social and environmental concerns in their daily business operations. By doing this, the companies can achieve a balance between the economic, environmental and social parameters within the society and still be able to meet the expectations of all the stakeholders of the company.
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- Summer '18
- Brett Gordon
- Business Ethics, Captain Schettino