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You are hired as a production manager within a small manufacturing firm that produces wood furniture for homes. You ask the company owner who is the CEO what the environmental management plan is. He responded that it is not your job to worry about that just make more units.

After working there for a few weeks, you notice several processes which have environmental implications, such as:

there is excessive use of cardboard and paper products in wrapping the furniture for shipment.

The manufacturing floor is illuminated with older and less efficient lighting units

The plant is not using any sort of renewable energy source to heat the building or power machinery

The furniture is being shipped by a fleet of older trucks that are not fuel-efficient

There is no recycling practice for refuse and scrap products

Wood stains, paint, and other chemicals are put into steel drums and stored on the grounds and to your knowledge, are not disposed of properly

There are no paperless options for billing and invoices to retailers and other customers

The workers are often exposed to contaminants, and not all of the machines have the most modern safety devices.

Turnover among employees is high mostly because the pay is low and it is not a safe or clean environment, which is true for the industry as well as this plant.

You can see the company is in need of an environmental management plan that is good for the environment, the employees, and after an initial investment, will save the company a substantial amount of money. Again, you raise this issue with the CEO, and he responds, “We don’t have time for that nonsense. You just worry about production and getting that furniture out to the retail stores. We are in business to make furniture and because when we do that, we make money. This company has been making furniture for 75 years and never worried about the environment the way you do.”

Instructions

What would you do in this situation and what are your choices? Using your personal ethical statement, prepare a response. Identify the next steps you would take and justify these according to your personal ethical statement.

Articulated personal ethical statement

Identified the key issues in the scenarios

Described and presented arguments supporting the decisions made

Identified how the decisions relate to the personal ethical statement

  
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