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At a minimum organizations are expected to follow all applicable laws and regulations But beyond working within a legal framework they are expected not to harm employees retailers consumers regulators and the natural environment Often determining how to conduct business appropriately can be challenging Many business issues may seem straightforward and easy to resolve but in reality managers need to consider the long-term consequences of their decisions to understand what is acceptable or ethical In this essay by using three steps of ethical decision-making process including moral awareness moral judgment and moral intent I would like to analyze the controversial issue facing the manufacturers of BPA-containing productsMoral awareness occurs when the organizations that make products containing Bisphenol A BPA recognize the possible toxic effects of this chemical BPA can be found in a vast variety of products from food and beer cans to all kinds of plastics Carey The scientists are uncertain about the possible health effect of BPA however some researches have revealed that the high-level human exposure to BPA may cause such diseases as prostate damage erectile dysfunction and cancer Carey In contrast the American Chemistry Council ACC the plastics manufacturers group argues that BPA poses no risk to peoples health Additionally the federal laws and regulations still allow this chemical to be used in producing the products and require the manufactures to do very little to assess safety Carey However due to the public pressure large retailers have started demanding from their supplies to avoid this controversial chemical When the manufacturers of BPA-containing products acknowledge that this decision has ethical content then they need to identify the morally right course of action In business a choice among different actions often involves weighing monetary profit against what a person considers appropriate behavior More often companies justify their decisions according to a utilitarian ethical principle From this perspective using BPA is not morally wrong because it benefits a number of people like companies shareholders
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