Is BP an ethical company?

Using Ethical Theories, To What extent Does BP plc Act Ethically To All Of Its Stakeholders? And To What Extent Is Its Corporate Social Responsibility Image Consistent With Its Practises?

BP plc is one of the largest Oil and Alternative Energy companies in the world. It has set confident and meaningful targets with regard to reducing its CO2 emissions and development of alternative sources of energy such as solar power. However, in recent years BP’s environmental image has been tarnished. However, whether BP has acted unethically is certainly ambiguous, indeed, to define ‘ethics’ is itself problematical. Thus, to look at BP’s business practises from contrasting theoretical stand points allows for juxtaposing arguments over the ethics of its business practices. Within the normative ethical theories, the traditional theories of Consequentialist ‘Utilitarianism’ and the Non-Consequetialist ‘Ethics of Duties’ are exemplary theories to demonstrate the contrasting nature of business ethics and to identify whether BP acts as a an ethical MNC or a ethically vacant imposter.

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Biket: When business has a deeper meaning

Education is the foundation of development. This fact has not been refuted once throughout the world’s history: from the Pharaonic civilization to the Mayan surreptitious culture, and from the British colonies to the American empire. The story replicates itself over and over again. Any civilization commences as a group of people who can barely feed themselves through primitive ways, and then through accumulative knowledge, they identify new ways to prosper and grow.

The Sub-Saharan African continent is no exception. Countries like Mali are still trapped back by its ignorance-evidenced by the relatively low literacy rates (only 26% literate) – from the rest of the civilized world. Despite the abundance of natural resources that these African countries hide beneath their grounds, they have failed to match developed countries like Japan which is bestowed a small area of non-arable land and some fish! The basic principles of economics are exemplified in this case: raw materials and land remain inanimate, non-valuable objects without the co-existence of labor and capital. Continue reading

Nissan Shooting for the Stars with its Leaf

In a world where green technology is becoming the norm, many companies are looking for innovative solutions that align with this trend. Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan Motors and Renault, made a bold move by introducing the first ever mass-produced emission-free car, the Nissan Leaf. I believe that this all-electric vehicle has great potential worldwide, particularly in the growing BRIC markets, where there is a growing concern over fuel prices. Continue reading

Flush & Go! Why Will the Aqua Tube Be a Success?

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It may be a bit funny and unusual, but the Aqua Tube is the first and only toilet tube that you can dispose of in the toilet. Once the toilet roll is empty, the only thing to do is to throw the biodegradable tube in the water of the toilet.

Launched in 2011, and produced by Georgia-Pacific Liability Limited Company, the Aqua Tube is a very easy-to-use product. To dispose of it, the tube simply has to been thrown into the toilet in order to disintegrate immediately when you flush. You can use it everywhere, it is made of simple toilet paper and so, only needs water to dissolve. It therefore helps to keep the bathroom clean and tidy at all times as no more cores will be left on the floor.

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