Blog Post 4: August 2, 2016

Unsafe working conditions

We are aware of some of the unsafe working conditions that occur all around the world.  Standards of safety has changed through out the years because of such tragedies like the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaste Factory fire, and many others.  It is important to provide safe working conditions for employees because it is federal and state law and also for ethical reasons. “If unsafe working conditions are present, a worker may report the violation to the employer, to the federal and/or state Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and in some cases, the worker may refuse to work.”  OSHA enforces that the safety standards are being upheld.  They protect workers from one-time injuries, illnesses, and recognized hazards.

One post that was shocking is about Alaska Airline, which can be found at this video link: http://www.kiro7.com/news/li-cites-alaska-airlines-for-unsafe-working-conditions/149315730.

Alaska Airlines and its handling contractor (Menzies Aviation) were both fined $7,000 and $62,000 respectively for health and safety violations.  In the article they stated that “failing equipment and workers getting injured was typical”.  They did not have proper safeguards in place to protect these workers.  These unsafe conditions are brought out because implementing safety practices can be costly and are usually not their number one priority.

Another main issue of unsafe working conditions are the working conditions overseas.   Work is expedited overseas for one main reason: cheaper cost.  With these cheaper costs comes issues such as child labor, sweatshops, and even unsafe conditions for workers.  Companies such as H&m, nike, and many others.  When companies see that they can get cheaper labor overseas they skim on costs and rules and regulations aren’t often followed to save more money.  The one question we have to ask ourselves as consumers is: Should we buy these products that are made overseas?  What can we do as consumers to make sure that these companies are taking care of their employees?

Some other recent headlines in the news include:

Coleman Prison cited, again, for ‘unsafeworking conditions

References:

http://employment.findlaw.com/workplace-safety/protecting-yourself-from-unsafe-working-conditions.html

http://www.kiro7.com/news/li-cites-alaska-airlines-for-unsafe-working-conditions/149315730

Overseas Manufacturing, labor standards

 

Blog Post 3: July 27, 2016

Warren Buffet

Well known in and out of the business world Warren Buffet is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.  Buffet is known for being a savvy investor but most people don’t know of his powerful leadership over the years.  Born on August 30, 1930 in Omaha Nebraska, Buffet is often called Oracle of Omaha.  At the age of 26 Buffet made his first million dollars, today his net worth is $63.3 Billion, putting him at the 3rd richest person in the world.

Aside from being a CEO and making millions Buffet is a substantial philanthropist donating to many charities.  As stated in conscious capitalist “There is no one-size-fits-all model of leadership”.  Buffet has many of the same qualities as the top leaders of the world but these are the qualities that set him apart.

The first quality of being a leader is a high IQ, but also along with high emotional intelligence, spiritual intelligence and system intelligence (Mackey, 184). Not only does Buffet have a high IQ but he also exhibits these other types of intelligence.  Buffet said “I wasn’t being challenged at Wharton, so I decided to learn from the best”,  (Referring to Benjamin Graham) (Lowenstein, 90).  Most people think that people on Wall Street are emotionless and married to their job, but Buffet relies on both intuition and empathy.  The most famous quote by buffet that symbolizes this is  “to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy when others are fearful.”

The second quality in Conscious Capitalism is Servant Leadership.  Many sources refer Buffet as a loyal person.  He seeks for a better community rather than himself and puts his employees well-being as a priority.  Some of Buffets favorite charities are:  The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, NoVo Foundation, The Howard G. Buffet Foundation, The Sherwood Foundation, and the Susan Thompson Buffet Foundation.  Also Buffets business practices constantly follow rules and regulations and had the best intentions for his investors rather than himself.  This is what ethically differentiated Buffet from other billionaires and CEOs.

Some other facts that I personally shocking are that Buffet pledges to donate 99% of his wealth to charities.  This means that only a fraction of his wealth will be passed to his kids and family.  His once said “I want to give my kids just enough so that they would feel that they could do anything, but not so much that they would feel like doing nothing.”  Now Buffet works on “helping people grow and evolve” (Mackey, 190), especially young investors through his books, interviews, and lectures.

 

References:

Mackey, J., & Sisodia, R. (2013). Conscious capitalism: Liberating the heroic spirit of business. Boston, MA: Harvard Business Review Press.

http://www.insidephilanthropy.com/wall-street-donors/warren-buffett.html

Lowenstein, R. (1995). Buffett: The making of an American capitalist. New York: Random House.

Blog Post 3: July 20, 2016

Warwick, New York:

A small town about 45 minutes from NYC with a population of 32,065. Some may say that it is the greatest town to grow up in but that’s just an opinion here are the facts.  Warwick is a small community but community that looks out for each other.  Backpack Snack Attack is one program that has gained popularity throughout the years with the help of local business, volunteers, and other parts of the community.

Grappa Ristorante is one of the many local business that contribute to the program in many ways.  Tony and Nick are the two co-owners of the restaurant that came to the U.S. in 1983 where they worked their way up as chef (Tony) and Manger (Nick).  Grappa is well known in Warwick for their Italian Food, great atmosphere and good location for ten years.  They are located right in the middle of town, which is great for exploring the town afterwards.  Their food is made from fresh grown produce from Warwick Farms.

Grappa has donated money to the Backpack Snack Attach Program for many years, including donating to raffle prizes held by the program.  Another special deed Grappa does for the program is sponsor and hold a fundraiser to help support the cause.  It is their fifth year sponsoring the fundraiser held on March 21, which raises about $7,500 to $8,000.  That $8,000 fills about 1,400 backpacks for children who are in need of food especially for food after school.  It is stated that under $6 will help fill 1 backpack.  These backpacks will help feed about 300 children to eat at home on weekends when they do not receive their free lunch at school.

Personally I worked at Grappa for two years as a bus girl and Tony and Nick were great people.  When they gave us free lunch for the days we worked we would all sit down and talk.  Mostly about how they came to be Grappa and how they help the community.  They hang articles in the stairway of them being named best restaurant, and articles of them sponsoring the program.

Grappa is only one of the many business that help the community and the Backpack Snack Attach Program.

Below this photo was taken at the latest Backpack Snack Attack Fundraiser.

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References:

http://www.backpacksnackattack.com/specialthanks.html

About Us

Breaking bread for a good cause

http://www.warwickadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20150311/NEWS01/150319983/Grappa-Ristorante-to-sponsor-Backpack-Snack-Attack-fund-raiser

 

Blog Post 2: July 12, 2016

Follow these Guidelines for good Ethical Judgment in Advertising

  1.  Be honest, and truthful
    1. We want our company to express facts about our company to be true.  Our customers are the most important so we want them to trust and believe in what we do as a company.   For example characteristics of company and/or product, the price, delivery, performance, etc., should all be expressed in a factual manner.
    2. The importance of this is portraying truthful information to the public is key to avoid problems down the road.
    3. People are more likely to continue to do business with us when we are upfront about our product and they believe we are the best product out in the market place.
    4. The photo below is an advertisement from Aerie Co.  This company is truthful in the fact that they do not photoshop their pictures.  They are being honest to the public that anyone could wear their swimsuits because you don’t need to be one size to wear their clothing.   aeriereal-swim-lookbook-575x575
    5. This is an advertisement that is not truthful to the public.  With the slogan “Less Wrinkles in only minutes” is a lie and should not be allowed because some people might fall for the trick.  hqdefault
  2. Our advertisement should not have any form of discrimination, bias, or portray illegal use of product.
    1. We want to maintain the integrity of the company and make sure people aren’t opposed to use our product based on discrimination.
    2. It is important and our responsibility to uphold the law and be reasonable when it comes to our customers.
    3. Below is a good example of non discrimination because they are portraying that this product is for anyone.  Any age and any gender could use this product.  article-0-163683ae000005dc-958_634x478
    4. Although this advertisement is trying to be positive but in fact they are stereotyping and saying that all darker color people are going to end up as maids.  This is not the case and is generalizing a race.  pic1
  3. Be polite and graceful when discussing competitors.
    1. As in number one we want to be truthful and we do not want to mislead our customers with bias or fake facts about our competitors.  When discussing comparisons we want remain polite but also show how we can provide a better product than our competitors.
    2. It is important not to appear aggressive and mean when it comes to our competitors.  They could always come back at us and we want to remain the bigger people and attack with factual evidence.
    3. This example below shows how unethical pepsi was in this advertisement.  They are not stating any facts of how pepsi is better but saying that not even the straw wants to “drink” coke so why should you.  This is called comparative advertising but it is slander towards coke products.  joy_of_pepsi_straws
    4. I believe this is a ethical example because Dunkin Donuts is comparing themselves to Starbucks but also providing links to “Learn the truth” on how they are better.         dunkin

Blog Post 1: July 6, 2016

Epistemology: beliefs about the nature and sources of knowledge;

            Taking my philosophy courses I always love discussions on this topic.  Epistemology is the a fundamental theory of the cause of our thinking.  How does one acquire knowledge and how do we think.  A part of epistemology is the study of what sets apart justified belief from opinion.  There have also been modern discussions about this topic is wether knowledge can be acquired through experience or through reason.  My stance on this is that I think it depends on the person on how we gain our knowledge.  Personally I think that I gain more insight with experience.  Knowledge can be best taught by doing.  There are also people who learn best just by reason.  There have been many instances in my life where I needed to “do” rather than listen on how things should be done.  Especially in my co-op I learned that I could sit in meetings and learn about the company but to put it to practice is where I learned it best.  I also am a strong believer of evidence.  For me I can’t just believe something that someone tells me.  I need proof and reason before I can accept it.    

          Now how can epistemology be put in practice in the world of business ethics?  In the business world you need to be open minded in learning.  If someone is a believer in opinion then it would be easier to manipulate them into doing whatever you tell them.  This can be where an ethics comes into play.  Someone could chose to be ethical and help them or they could chose to manipulate them into a bad decision.  For example if someone tried selling me something that I know nothing about then I am more likely to believe them if I only take into consideration their opinion.  They could be selling me something that is bad or something that I don’t need.  A real world example of this is when VW came out saying that their cars had a great gas rating people believed them but it turns out that they lied about the emissions in their car.   

         I first saw this image (below) from my sister.  This helps prove my point because an artist can learn about different techniques, different brush strokes, etc., but an artist needs to put it to practice to learn best.  

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Metaphysics: beliefs about the ultimate nature of Reality;

        There are many different opinions on the nature of reality.  One could believe that there is nothing outside of this material universe or one could believe that there is something outside of this universe that created it.  In my opinion I think that there is something outside of this universe that created it all.  I don’t think that material world is all that there is.  There has to be something out there because then it gives us purpose.  I grew up in a very catholic family.  We would go to church, I received my communion, confirmation, and although my views have changed on religion I still think there is a greater energy out there.  

       This impacts the business world because if someone believes that there is a spiritual world then there is room for your beliefs in religion to affect your decision on how you conduct business.  If you follow the moral code of religion you could put yourself in a situation where you don’t conduct business with certain people because of their orientation this could be unethical.  A real world example of this would be when the clerk wouldn’t grant marriage licenses to gay couples because she believed her religion was right and gays should not be married. 

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Axiology: beliefs about the nature of value, what is good and bad, what is right and wrong.

     I think this is a vey important topic on which side people stand on.  What do people value?  Personally I believe that your net worth does not determine your self value.  I believe that you need to have an idea on how you value something apart from how society values something.  There are many people in this world who put their value around money but I think that value is considered through memories.  Memories is a huge value to me, I think it comes from being in a large family.  I have 5 sisters and it is always a good time when we are together.  Now that we are getting older it’s harder to be together so I really value the time we have together.   

    This effects the business world because if you are doing business with someone who values money over the value of life then they can easily do the wrong thing because all they care about is the sale.  For example if someone tries to sell you a car that is bad but they don’t tell you then your life could be at stake but all they care about is selling you the car.  A real world example of this was Bernard Madoff.  He scammed investors out of over a billion dollars because of greed.  He valued money over these investors and they lost a lot and he gained from it.  

I chose this picture below because it shows how people can be bound by their value of materialism. 

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