Chapter reading – 500 word Synopsis and Case questions

Review Chapters 4 and 5 in the course textbook – Business and society (I will share soft copy of this book).

Chapter 4, Ethics and Ethical Reasoning

Chapter 5, Organizational Ethics

Along with the chapter readings, pay particular attention to the following case in Chapter 4:

Chiquita Brands: Ethical Responsibility or Illegal Action?

Prepare a 500-word posting identifying the major points from the chapter readings. Conclude the post by considering the following case questions:

  1. Do you agree with the 11th U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that cleared Chiquita of any liability for the victims killed by the paramilitary group that Chiquita funded? Construct an ethical argument that supports your view.
  2. Using each of the four methods of ethical reasoning, see Figure 5.6, was it ethical or not for Chiquita to pay the terrorist organization when payments were demanded in the early 2000s?
  3. Should the U.S. ban against supporting terrorist groups, imposed after the September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States, be applied in this situation? Why or why not?
  4. Is there anything that Chiquita could have done to protect its employees adequately without paying the terrorists?

This initial post should be completed in next 4 days. Once i receive this post, i will send you posts of 2 classmates and you need to provide a meaningful comment or question (150 words minimum) to the postings of two classmates.

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