Ethics are defined as the mode of conduct that guides human action based on generally accepted universal obligation. Huizenga says that organizations have to pay special and close attention to the expressed needs and preferences of the various interest groups (n.p). According to Reynolds et al., the integral shareholders’ rule is that the management should create value for non-shareholder stakeholders (286). In light of this, the management is bombarded with ethical issues before making some integral decisions. For instance, an organization may be engaging in furniture manufacturing and distribution. The main raw material in this case is timber, which is a natural resource. In this case, they import their raw materials from a developing country and later understand that their supplier is being accused of conspiring with fraudulent government officials to conduct illegal logging. With the increased quest for environmental sustainability, cutting down trees results to deforestation, which later translates to global warming. In this case, activists, civil societies, and the community from the affected areas are lobbying for the closure of the supplier. On the other hand, this is the only supplier who provides reliable and quality inventory for the furniture making organization. This is a situation that requires an ethical decision considering each stakeholder’s interests. The society is part of the organization interest groups that needs to be protected and continuing sourcing the raw material degrades the environment they live in. Customers associate with a reputable organization and this situation may spoil the organization’s image. Financial institutions may be displeased with such a situation affecting the firm’s relationship with its creditors and financiers (Huizenga n.p). On the other hand, the quality and reliability of the firm will be compromised when they end the relationship with this supplier. This means there will be lesser profits affecting employees, shareholders, and even the management.
Challenges that my group would face through the semester is lack of enough time due to the number of activities associated with this learning period. This can be mitigated by drafting a work-schedule to allocate each activity time. Similarly, performance of the group can be improved through delving into research and consultation.
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