Law, Ethics, & Corp. Governance
Dr. Boneita Campbell
A stakeholder is a person, group or organization that has interest or concern in an organization (businessdictionary). Generally the common characteristics stakeholders might have are if they stand to gain or lose through the success or failure of the company. “A corporate stakeholder can affect the actions of a business as a whole” (businessdictionary). PharmaCARE is a well-reputed company whose number one goal is to produce quality care products across the world. PhramaCARE’s prime stakeholders include CompCARE, employees and the employers. Any decision PharmaCARE makes can either be a negative or positive impact on the stakeholders. “An example of a negative impact on stakeholders is when a company needs to cut costs and plans a round of layoffs” (businessdictionary). Human Rights
Although PharmaCARE is well known for the good they do, they also are suffering of ethical and legal issues. Human rights are one of them. “PharmaCARE ethical and corporate responsibility to provide basic employee’s facility and health care services to the Colberia’s population” (Ethics and Corporate Responsibility in the Workplace). Because PharmaCARE employees over 65% of the population they hold the difference between prosperity or poverty for Colberia. Like discussed in the scenario the work conditions are well below poor. Employees are required to walk miles into jungle to harvest plants sometime carrying up to 50lbs for just $1.00 a day.
I believe the first thing PrimaCARE should do to improve their human rights is to increase the daily salaries of the “indigenous workers”. By increasing the daily salaries by $1 it would still be well below the average in the U.S. and wouldn’t cause a huge upset in the companies finances. Another recommendation I would address would be to create some form of transportation to get the employees from the jungle area in which they harvest the plants. Walking five miles is not good for the backs of the employees, and slows down the process, Transportation would not only help the workers by not having to carry heavy baskets but also allow them to harvest more plants in a shorter amount of time. The third improvement that PharmaCARE should make to improve there human rights violations would be the conditions of the huts the employees live in. According to the scenario they live in huts with no electricity or running water. If PharmaCare took some of their earning and invested in getting running water, and electricity in the huts of the employees it would create a better rest environment for workers. Another benefit this would create would be the reduction of PharmaCARE’s potential reputation as a human rights violator. Although by US standards PharmaCARE is well below the human rights violations, because their products in harvested in Africa they are not held to US laws. This practice happens amongst many US based companies, like Apple.
“In the last decade, Apple has become one of the mightiest, richest and most successful companies in the world, in part by mastering global manufacturing” (Humans Costs are Built into an iPad). However, their work condiation are very harsh and sometimes cause deadly safety problems. Employees who work in these Apple owned plants sometimes work excessive overtime, live in crowded dorms, and are under-age workers. “Two years ago, 137 workers at Apple supplier in eastern China were injured after they were ordered to use poisonous chemicals to clean iPhone screens” (Humans Costs are Built into an iPad). Many believe that this should be illegal and Apple shouldn’t be able to get away with it. Just like PharmaCARE, Apple uses global manufacturing so US laws cannot penalize them. Environmental Initiative
“Environmental initiative builds partnerships with nonprofit, business, and government leaders to work...
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