Ethical Decision Making Constructing the Wonthaggi Desalination Plant

4000 Words Apr 8th, 2012 16 Pages
Ethical decision making constructing the Wonthaggi Desalination Plant
Executive Summary

Water Forever is a media group writing for a business journal. The group has an interest in how desalination directly benefits the various stakeholders. The Victorian desalination plant (WDP) located in South Victoria off the coast line of Wonthaggi located has received much criticism. Many controversial and ethical issues have been expressed by various stakeholders. Despite these concerns, a decision has been made to go ahead with the multibillion dollar project and build Australia’s largest desalination plant. The Victorian government’s target was to deliver drinking water that is amongst the best in Australia and to ensure that Victorians no
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We believe that desalination is the most energy intensive way you can imagine to produce water. For that reason we can see why the Victorian Government are attracted to it, desalination has a certainty, and communities like certainty, it is a normal human trait. And so in a sense there is simplicity to a desalination plant, one big system in one place.
The stakeholders

There are numerous stakeholders involved in the Wonthaggi desalination plant. Some of the stakeholders are the contractors employed to build the plant, the government, general public, local communities and future generations. The environment may even be considered as being a stakeholder. Freeman (1984) describes a stakeholder as being “any group or individual who can affect or is affected by the achievement of the organization’s objectives”. There is a social responsibility in respect to the stakeholders. Ethical decisions that affect a stakeholder can be classified as being a normative stakeholder theory (Fontaine et. al. 2006).
AquaSure consortium secured the contract to build the largest desalination plant in Australia. They have been given the enormous task of ensuring that the Victorian water desalination project is ethically and morally compliant to all stakeholders. The experienced team was chosen because of their strong design, construction and maintenance solutions. The team includes

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