write essay: Union Carbide Corporation and Bhopal

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Read the Union Carbide Corporation and Bhopal case that begins on page 384 of your Business, Government, and Society textbook.

Consider the concerns as described in this case and prepare a memorandum that addresses the concerns described below. Your memo should be completed in narrative form (you may use headings if you choose to do so for organizational purposes, but do not list your responses in bullet form). Maximum page length: 10 pages (double spaced).

Identify all of the potential ethical issues you see (if any). Describe and analyze the implications of each issue, including who or what were affected by the company’s response. In identifying issues and addressing their implications, your discussion should be as comprehensive as possible—you should consider any economic, social, or ecological implications, as well as the potential impact at least two cultural differences you can identify.

Additionally, your analysis should thoroughly identify and discuss at least two potential courses of action that the company could have taken with respect to each issue you have discussed. Clearly demonstrate your reasoning process—identify and explain any ethical principles or arguments you are relying on; do not simply state unsupported conclusions.

If you choose to apply any approaches to ethical reasoning that you learned about in this course, clearly state what they are and how you are applying them to this case. Of the possible solutions you identified, which would you recommend that the company should have adopted as a resolution? Again, fully explain and justify your recommendations. Finally, explain how you would implement each solution you have recommended.

This assignment will make up a percent of your grade to be determined by your faculty member.

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School: Rice University


Union Carbide Corporation and Bhopal Case

To: William Smith
From: Mc Donald Steve
Re: Case study analysis
Date: 19/11/2017
Subject: Union Carbide Corporation and Bhopal case
Issue: Ethical issues found in Union Carbide Corporation and Bhopal Case
As you all know, UCC and UCIL had been experiencing problems and there is need
to identify factors that might have lead to the cause of the accident in the chemical industrial
plant. I have identified some of the ethical issues that lead to the cause of the accident,
possible solutions and recommendations which are applicable in this case.

Ethical issue in Union Carbide Corporation


National Society of Professional Engineers entails codes of ethics that it contains and
are relevant to the UCC and Bhopal case which happened in 1984. One of them entails
holding paramount the security, health and well-being of the public. The local community
living near the plant was never provided with any information concerning MIC and other
chemicals that were being used by the UCC India Limited. This is because the overall goal of
establishing such an industry near a city was to minimize transportation cost and not to look
at the welfare of the people who were living near this plant in Bhopal. Setting up the location
of UCIL did not involve the consultation of the engineers from the government or from UCC
in the United States of America. This is because the Indian government had only one main
role which was to determine the economic gains that the government would achieve from this
project that was meant to improve agriculture in India through the introduction of better
farming pesticides and fertilizers.
The other reason why there was poor risk assessment of the location that was
identified by UCC is that the main interest of this organization was to make more profit
through opening new branches in foreign countries like India. West Virginia Engineering
Firm was the firm involved in the design of the plant and did not take any interest in
safeguarding the welfare of the community that lived near the plant and therefore there was
none who was representing the citizens of Indian especially those who lived in the slum
where the plant was designed. Even the people of the Bhopal community were never
concerned with their health because they did not question anything related to their health or
environmental protection because all they wanted is to get j...

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