Table Of Contents
Facts of the Case4
What Fontaine is Trying to Achieve5
Challenges of a New Position6
Beneath the Surface7
Use/Abuse of Discretion8
Scope of the Problem10
Identification of Available Options10
Ethical Principles Discussion 14
Appendix A: Picture of Ornament Found in Workshop Storage 26
Appendix B: Redgrove Monthly Plant Scap-Metal Sales, 27
Appendix C: Excerpt from ITE Code of Conduct28
Appendix D: Summary of Redgrove Records of Material29 Misappropriation Incidents and Sanctions, 1998-2007
Appendix E: Consequentialist Analysis – Option A 30
Appendix F: Consequentialist Analysis – Report Incident, 31 Request Guidance
Appendix G: Consequentialist Analysis – Don’t Report, 32 Handle Incident In-House
Appendix H: Consequentialist Analysis – Report Incident 33 but Recommend Actions and Gain Upper Management Buy-In
This paper addresses the ethical issues at Redgrove Axial workshop. Marc Fontaine is the manager of the compressor manufacturing division at the Redgrove Plant, and has been on the job approximately one month when he discovers employees have been using company equipment to build personal decorative ornaments utilizing scrap material which is normally sold to recycling companies. This practice is against the company's written code of conduct; however, the workshop foreman’s knowledge of the practice and failure to prevent it has condoned the behavior.
The analysis of the ethical problem begins by listing the facts of the case and defining the scope of the problem Fontaine is faced with. After reviewing all the aspects of the case, four courses of action have been identified. A brief discussion of the three ethical principles will lead us to our final recommendation of what Fontaine should do in order to resolve the ethical problems at hand, thereby providing benefits to all stakeholders.
Case Study – Redgrove Axial Workshop
Facts of the Case:
Marc Fontaine has recently become the manager of compressor manufacturing at Redgrove Axial Workshop, part of the International Technology and Electronics (ITE) Corporation. This position is a temporary one as part of a larger ITE accelerated leadership program. After a month on the job, Fontaine discovers a number of ornaments (Appendix A) in the workshop’s storage room which appears to be made from the same material used to make the compressors. Fontaine believes employees of his department may be using company materials, comprised of scraps and metal shavings - normally sold to a local recycling company (Appendix B) - for personal use and felt he needed to notify the Manufacturing Director (Sam Collins) and Plant Director (Peter Garland) about the incident.
Upon further investigation, Fontaine discovers the practice of utilizing production materials for personal use is against...