Union Carbide Corporation and Bhopal

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Jean Paul Francois Mercy College 01/28/2014 Business, Government and Society Union Carbide Corporation and Bhopal 1- The government of India should be responsible for the most part of the accident because they establish laws that require the company to be run by Indian, instead of foreign managers who might be more knowledgeable or have more experience. * Union Carbide should bear a very large portion of the blame because the company should have thought about not building a chemical plant near a residential area. * The plant workers should be blamed seriously for the accident because of their carelessness. When the supervisor ordered R Khan to unclog the filter valves and to wash them out with water. Their negligence and careless washing method caused the explosion. 2- The principles of corporate socially responsibility that are applicable to the actions of the parties in question are: * Corporations have a duty to correct adverse social impacts they cause. For example, after the accident, Union Carbide should have been willing to compensate the citizens and cleaned the mess they cause. * Social responsibility varies with company’s characteristics: in this case, the industry, location and the internal culture play a big part in the accident. * Also the theory of moral unity is applicable: where business actions should be judged by the general ethical standard of society, not by a special set of permissive standards. The government of India should not create rules against the management of the corporation. The general rules of business should have been applied. 3- The legal system does not work well in India. There are a lot of rooms for corruption. At some degrees, I agree with the decision to have the lawsuits in India because the accident happened there. But the victims were not fairly compensated, and Union Carbide

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