The broad topic our research paper will be addressing is corporate ethics and social responsibility. In a more specific sense our group will research whether or not Mountain Equipment Co-Operatives actions are deemed to be ethical and socially responsible. Research Question
The research question considered: Is the Mountain Equipment Co-Operatives (MEC) track record or practices of corporate governance as a company in areas involving ethics and values including things such as human rights, charitable contributions and environmental conservation considered truly ethical and socially responsible? Why is this Important
It has been made clear by the media, governments and experts worldwide that there are many examples of corporations in the past and present displaying unethical behaviour. It is not uncommon for corporations to claim that they are ethical, socially responsible and environmentally friendly, however further investigation and research of these companies reveals that they are just another corporation claiming to be a good corporate citizen as part of a marketing ploy to further benefit its bottom line.
The following research paper will meticulously observe the track records and practices of MEC in order to come to a conclusion of whether or not MEC is truly the ethical, socially responsible and environmentally friendly company it markets itself as. The following research is important - to justify whether or not MEC is really the good corporate citizen it claims to be - to understand what factors and actions make a company ethical, socially responsible and environmentally friendly - to understand how companies can be a good corporate citizen and still turn a profit - understand the benefits of acting ethically, socially responsible and environmentally friendly - as a group to understand how to properly research the inner workings of a company or other topics Literature Review
Unfortunately our group was unable to come across any previous research conducted which analyzed the track record or practices of corporate governance of MEC. Remaining Questions
Given that our group was unable to come across any previous research regarding the track record and practices of corporate governance of MEC, our research question remains the same as stated above. Hypothesis
Our group believes that MEC is good corporate citizen whose track record and practices of corporate governance as a company in areas involving ethics and values including things such as human rights, charitable contributions, and environmental conservation are truly ethical. Methodology
Approach to Answering the Research Question Proposed and Validating our Hypothesis
Our group will answer our research question proposed and prove whether or not our hypothesis is correct by analyze the following: - analyze the statements or claims made by MEC on its website’s sustainability section and research whether or not MEC is actually living up to its promises - analyze the actions made by MEC in the past to identify whether or not they are truly acting as good corporate citizens - based on the information uncovered throughout this research project we will determine whether or not our hypothesis is correct
Our group believes that if we analyze statements and past actions of MEC we will be able answer our proposed research question and prove whether or not our hypothesis is correct. Data Needs
Our group will only use credible secondary research sources in order to answer our research question and test our hypothesis. We have gathered research from newspaper articles, journal articles, business magazines and MEC’s website. Our group has gathered all of our secondary research via the library database on the Guelph-Humber website. More specifically we will use the ABI/INFORM and Business Source Complete databases accessible through the Guelph-Humber Library website. Interpreting Results...
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