Don’t give the fox the keys to the henhouse. Government oversight was spotty, at best, and that led to a situation where BP was allowed to override the good judgment of its own engineers. Enforce the rules we’ve enacted to protect our people and our planet.
The web site, Engineering Business Ethics, offers a more technical perspective on the Gulf disaster. Good read.
Shel Horowitz at Principled Profit is on vacation until mid July. Hurry back, Shel!
Ethical Houston has a facebook page. Ethical Houston is a web site dealing with ethics from the Sojourners point of view. I want those of you with facebook pages to get to that site and “like” it. Good people and good sites need support. Let’s get our best effort out there!
From her blog: Companies that practice conscious capitalism aspire to more than just turning profits; Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, the Container Store and Stonyfield Farms are examples of successful companies that have a higher purpose. Their definition of stakeholder reaches beyond those who benefit directly from the company, to larger social and environmental purposes affecting society.
Lauren Bloom has a post wondering how often British Petroleum has lied.
Gael O’Brien on the website, The Week in Ethics, has another post about British Petroleum, in which she discusses the human toll using an an example the life of William Kruse. This is some fine writing. I’d give it a look if I were you.
David Gebler writing from the web site, Free Management Library, discusses safety and costs from an ethical standpoint. Here’s a nice quote from the article:
“However, as we have seen from the fallout from the Gulf Oil Spill, the recent mine accidents in West Virginia, as well as FAA intervention on airline safety issues, relying on government identification of safety issues may no longer be a viable fall back position for companies that have greater knowledge of the issue than the government.”
Shel Horowitz writing from his blog, Principled Profit, argues against the government guaranteeing loans to private companies to build nuclear power plants. He discusses the dangers of nuclear power plants. I am astonished at the hypocrisy of people who continuously shout “free market” to drown out alternative ideas thinking that the government guaranteeing loans to private industry is anything more than corporate hands in the public till. It’s a complete rejection of capitalism. If private industry and investors are unwilling to bear the risks of building nuclear power plants, should they be built?
Chris MacDonald – The Business Ethics Blog
Gael O’Brien The Week in Ethics
Jonathon Tasini Working Life
Karen Fraser Ethical Reputations
Julian Friedland Business Ethics Memo
Jeffrey Seglin The Right Thing
Jeffrey Pfeffer Rational Rants
Richard Eskow Night Light
Karl Stephan Engineering Ethics Blog
Shel Horowitz Principled Profit
David Gebler Blog: Business Ethics