Harvesting Risks

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Harvesting Risks

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Ethical Strategy……………………………………………………………………………………………3 Ethical Manner………………………………………………………………………………………….....3 Ethics Code……………………………………………………………………………………………......3 The Consequences………………………………………………………………………………………....4 A Modified Code………………………………………………………………………………………….5 Exporting Pesticides……………………………………………………………………………………….5 The Pros……………………………………………………………………………………………………6 The Cons…………………………………………………………………………………………………...6 Is it Justifiable…………………………………………………………………………………………...…6 Amvac Stocks…………………………………………………………………………………………...…7

Ethical Strategy
Does Amvac have an ethical strategy?
In my opinion, Amvac does not have an ethical strategy. The reason for this is because there were several examples in the reading that pointed out how Amvac only cared about making profits. For instance, “’Amvac continued to sell mevinphos even as the EPA was gathering further evidence of its dangers.’ ‘In early 1993 the agency called mevinphos one of the five most dangerous pesticides.’ ‘It had reports of 600 poisonings and 5 deaths over the previous decade and calculated that the rate of poisonings was 5 to 10 times higher than for any other product’” (Harvesting Risks p 467-468).

Ethical Manner
Does it pursue its strategy in an ethical manner?
From my point of view, I do not think that any company pursues its strategy in an ethical manner anymore. Furthermore, companies now days only care about making profits regardless of whether their methods are right or wrong. Let me use the same quote from the paragraph above but I will add three more sentences to justify my comment. “A few months after Chavez’s hunger strike, DuPont ended mevinphos production.’ ‘Amvac, however, was willing to embrace it.’ ‘So DuPont sold its exclusive rights to Amvac.’ ‘Amvac continued to sell….’” (Harvesting Risks p 467-468).

Ethics Code
Does Amvac pursue or adhere to its ethics code?
From my stand point, Amvac does not pursue or adhere to its ethics code. Why do I think this way? Well, if Amvac was an ethical company it would not sell products to countries especially if they are harmful to people. For example, “Like all organophosphate pesticides, dichlorvos poisons the nervous system.’ ‘Acute exposure causes perspiration, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, and fatigue.’ ‘Long-term, low exposures can also bring on these symptoms’ Very high exposures cause convulsions and loss of consciousness.’ ‘However, compared with similar pesticides, dichlorvos does not pose exceptional risks from contact during application.’ ‘The main concern has been that it may cause cancer in humans.’” (Harvesting Risks p 469).

In addition, “Amvac adopted a seven-page Code of Conduct and Ethics in 2006.’ ‘It states: ‘[O]ur efforts are focused on achieving the business and personal ethical standards as well as compliance with the laws and regulations that are applicable to our business.’ ‘It intends its code to ‘ensure decisions that reflect care for all of our stakeholders.’ ‘The only specific mention of the environment is this brief section.’ ‘The company is committed to doing all that it can to assist in minimizing the degradation of our natural environment.’ ‘Accordingly, employees should always take care in disposing of any waste materials or releasing any discharges into the air or water and comply with all applicable regulations and procedures required by law and by company code.’ ‘If an employee is unclear about what is required, he/she must not dispose or any material or release any discharges until he/she has determined what procedures apply.’ (Harvesting Risks p 472).

Using the product DBCP I can prove how Amvac did not adhere to their Code of Conduct and Ethics from the sentence that states “The company is committed to doing all that it can to assist in minimizing the degradation of our natural environment”. One of the consequences of using DBCP is that “‘After application it slowly evaporates from soil or...
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