ETHICS IN OUR WORLD - GOOD & BAD

DELL VS. APPLE

INTROUDUCTION

Many companies follow a code of conduct to meet customer satisfaction and environmental health. They are meant to instil Ethical procedures. These procedures are also meant to be followed by employers and suppliers to ensure workers' safety, health, and well being. These factors determine whether or not a company is ethical or not.


GOOD = DELL

BACKGROUND

Dell is a technology company that was established on November 4th. It is an American company based in Round Rock, Texas. The company develops, sells and supports computers and other related products and technical services. The founder of the company is Michael Dell, he is one of the youngest people to become a successful CEO of a company, Dell employs more than 103,000 people all over the world, making it one of the largest technology company's in the world. Since the first Dell computer was introduced in 1984 the company has been shaping the industry with new and innovative products. Dell believes that technology can help us manage resources, therefore protecting the environment. Dell is also committed to help customers strive with technology while designing new products that will use less resources and have a better impact on the environment.


COST/BENEFIT

Dell is an ethical company based on their conducts on the environment, the community, people, the supply chain, and governance.


ENVIRONMENT

Dell believes that it is possible to succeed in business without harming the environment and that technology is a powerful tool that can help manage the environments resources by using smart grids, efficient data centers and electric health records. Dell also has other tactics to decrease their impact on the environment:

  1. Design for the environment

- better material ch.oices

- energy efficient

- environmental standards

2. Reducing Impact

3. Green Packaging and Shipping

- creative packaging design

- reduce size of package

- Innovative materials (natural resources: bamboo, mushroom, wheat straw)
4. Reducing Footprints

5. Recycling



GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY

Corporate giving is smarter when a business uses its strategy and purposes to give back to the environment.

1. Youth Learning
- work with communities and non-profit organizations to close learning gap
2. Children's Cancer Care
-designing and developing technology to help research partners
3. Social Entrepreneurship
- incorporating university students for innovative ideas for solving social problems
4. Disaster Relief
- provides communication and technology relief
5. Community Service



PEOPLE

Building a team with diverse backgrounds enables innovation, which will change the company.

1. Diversity and Inclusion
- everyone is equal (lesbians, gay, bisexual, transgenders)
- customers with disabilities
2. Diverse Partnerships
- national civic organizations
- multicultural business
3. Employee Resource Groups
4. Workforce Commitment


SUPPLY CHAIN

Industry collaboration sets strong supplier standards that may create change.

1. Conflict Free Minerals
- engage suppliers to responsibly source the materials used in our products
2. Supplier Responsibility
- working with supply chains to ensure responsible and ethical operations
3. Supplier Diversity
- reach diverse marketplaces


Governance

- purpose, values, and ethical principles will power success and good governance makes it possible to adapt business opportunities
- strong accountability encourages all team members at all levels to raise their hands up and speak their opinions


BAD = APPLE

INTRODUCTION

Apple is a company created by Steve jobs and Steve Wozniak in 1976. Both dropping out
of collage due to societal differences, started on their brain storming journey, and essentially created one of the most well-known companies from nothing. They knew what they wanted as well as the wants and needs of the consumer market, they took action and proceeded on this mission. For the rest of nineties Apple created personal computers, which included Apple, Macintosh etc… Until 2001 with the creation of the Apple iPod, which produced a buzz ,and an immediate uproar of copycat designs, that were incomparable to the original. Soon after Jobs and Wozniak created a working model that was taken to a computer store to be sold. With the machine being fully functional and assembled granted they were to be provided with a profit to assemble all missing parts. The store owners ordered 50, in which they earned about $500 a piece. There was huge customer’s satisfaction and a continued success in the market. Since then there has been many inventions, upgrades etc… from Apple.

COST

Apple is usually viewed as an ethical business. This has recently been proven as untrue.
While a code of conduct about safety standards in the workplace is present. It is not followed by many suppliers. This was exposed when “Apple conducted over three dozen audits, two-thirds of which indicated that employees regularly worked more than 60 hours a week.” (jessecutis.blogspotal-business-ractices.html) as well as “Apple found 70 core violations overthat period, including cases of involuntary labour, under-age workers, record falsifications, improper disposal of hazardous waste and over a hundred workers injured by toxic chemical exposures.” (http://jessecurtis.blogspot.ca/2012/01/apples-unethical-business-practices.html) . All these are violations that Apple claims they are against but because there is a greed on profit margins the code of conduct is not followed In order tomake a larger profit. All that is needed from Apple is the increased profit given to suppliers to treat their workers better, which is currently not being done.

Due to Apples U.S treasury debt avoidance the U.S treasury is larger than any other company, because if this the company would have owed the treasury 2.4 billion, which was paid off by u.s citizens. If apple displayed honesty taxpayers wouldn't have had to pay the difference but instead they had to pay for apples debt.

If apple and its suppliers followed the code of conduct then there wouldn't be so much backlash from their actions. Their dishonesty and unethical working standard have caused them to have more costs tan benefits. Apples success can be measured not just by profits but by ethical procedures that can enhance their performance and expand their consumer market if they instilled the rules in their code of conduct.

CODE OF ETHICS

Kathy's

1. Companies must support diversity
WHY?: Companies shouldn't discriminate on people based on their religion or race. Employees should be hired based on their intelligence and their benefit to the company.
2. Employees must have the right to speak their own opinion (if its for the companies well being) without consequences
WHY?: Employees should be able/comfortable to give their thoughts on the company whether its positive or negative. These comments will help the company have better policies for their employees.
3. Companies should only use suppliers that are ethical in terms of the environment?:
WHY?: If suppliers are ethical to the environment it will reduce the impact on the environment. Therefore if companies stop using unethical supplies the demand of ethical suppliers will increase, helping the environment standards.
4. Companies should provide assistance to people in need
WHY?: If companies are making enough profit to be able to help the community, they should provide assistance to people in need, whether its donating money or setting up volunteering events. This will help the whole world by decreasing the amount and severity of people in need.

Mariam's

1. Companies Must Not overwork their employees and artisans
2. Companies must follow Eco-friendly production
3. Companies must pay their employees a fair profit
4. Suppliers must follow the companies code of conduct, serious actions will be taken if otherwise