Professor Myra Bates
Article Review 2
October 17, 2014
Samsung’s Unethical Behavior
The article that I chose to review was titled, “Samsung's Unethical Behavior More Diversified Than Its Smartphone Lineup.” The article focused on the unethical practices that are currently practiced by South Korea electronic giant Samsung. Samsung has been accused of refusing to release information in regards to worker health. There have been documented cases of leukemia and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and independent researchers have reached out to determine how prevalent these diseases are in Samsung's facilities. Samsung has repeatedly refused to let anyone come in and analyze this data and has also refused to release this information to the public as well. I think that Samsung is doing their entire country a disservice by acting in a very mysterious, defensive manner in regards to safety. I think that they should be open to discovering if there is a problem that's causing cancer, and needs to look into finding a solution. In the year 2012, Samsung was investigated for using illegal labor practices in their China manufacturers. The allegations of this case were that the employees at this manufacturer were in some cases working 16-hour days with one day off per month, and they were also found hiring employees under the legal working age of 16 years of age. According to Friedman's theory of individualism, the only obligation that the business has is to maximize profit for the owner and stockholders. Samsung's manufacturer in China was trying to cut their costs and maximize their profit by hiring younger employees and overusing overtime. This would be deemed ethical by individualists, but they used illegal methods to maximize profit. Utilitarianism is the maximization of happiness for all stakeholders. Utilitarians would see this case as unethical for many reasons. They didn't maximize happiness for employees, who were overworked, underpaid, and under...
References: Boatright, J. R. (2012). Ethics and the Conduct of Business (7th Ed.). Pearson Education.
Ennis, J. (August 8, 2012). Samsung’s Unethical Behavior More Diversified Than Its Shartphone Lineup. In The Mac Advocate. Retrieved from http://themacadvocate.com/2012/08/08/samsungs-unethical-behavior-more-diversified-than-its-shartphone-lineup/.
Huffington Post. (November 26, 2013). Samsung Finds More Labor Violations At China Factories. In Huffington Post. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/26/samsung-labor-china_n_2190246.html.
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