The S&J case study ethical theories and issues evaluation

This is a paper that is focusing on the S&J case study ethical theories and issues evaluation. The paper also requires writing of what you would do as a director of the company.

The S&J case study ethical theories and issues evaluation

Case study
S&J is a UK based medium-sized listed company that sells hard landscaping goods. The company employs 150 people. A few years ago, S&J began to import a particular type of garden paving stone as a cheaper alternative to the traditional product sourced in the UK to meet customer demand. Their main supply comes from country X, a developing country in which the majority of the people live in abject poverty. These cheaper alternative paving stones became company’s bestselling product in a short time period and helped the company to recover from the financial crisis it was suffering couple of years ago.

On the whole, S&J has been happy with the quality of the imported stone and the suppliers have shown themselves very forthcoming in drawing up arrangements to guarantee the supply. However, six months ago, one of S&J’s directors received an email from an NGO with an attached report documenting the widespread practice of employing children in the quarries of country X, even though child labour is officially illegal in X. The report also states that a significant number of these children are thought to be no older than 13 and they would often work without protective gear. The director simply ignored the NGO’s email thinking that it could be exaggerated and was not his company’s concern. CONTINUATION IN THE ATTACHMENT.

Questions:

1.    Firstly, read the above case carefully and identify the main stakeholders and ethical issues around them.

2.    Secondly, evaluate the above case using TWO ethical theories of your choice (i.e. Kantianism, Utilitarianism, Ethics of Rights and Justice, or Virtue ethics). Your answers should include criticism and comparison of the ethical theories used.

3.    Thirdly, what would you do as the director of S&J? Justify your answer.

In the first section, you are expected to write an essay (1500 words) that evaluates the above business case particularly focusing on three area:
1.    Firstly, identifying the main stakeholders and ethical issues around them.
2.    Secondly, evaluating the above case using TWO ethical theories of your choice (i.e. Kantianism, Utilitarianism, Ethics of Rights and Justice, or Virtue ethics). Your answers should include criticism and comparison of the ethical theories used.

3.    Thirdly, what would you do as a director? Justify your answer.