Essay on Fiji Water and the Chocolate Slaves

3589 Words Oct 18th, 2012 15 Pages
“The fact of the matter is that today, stuff-selling mega-corporations have a huge influence on our daily lives. And because of the competitive nature of our global economy, these corporations are generally only concerned with one thing…the bottom line. That is, maximizing profit, regardless of the social or environmental costs.” —David Suzuki

Bottling of freshwater from a rare resource in the Fiji Islands, and harvesting of cocoa beans via child slave labor in West Africa, are both ethically questionable. Business practices from both commodities have little regard on damages inflicted during their production. Ethical issues, similarities, and differences with both commodities will be contrasted, a presentation of socially responsible
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Pumping freshwater from any volcanic island, such as Fiji, the removal of a vital life-giving force from that region of the global ocean occurs; freshwater is the most precious liquid on Earth, about one-hundredth of one-percent, is readily available for human use (Waterway, 2008). Questionable production, packaging, and transportation practices raise an ethical issue when addressing the company’s sustainability. The company’s claims of ‘sustainable practices’ are questionable due to their production, packaging, and transportation practices of raw materials, work in process packaging, and finished goods which are the source of carbon emissions and oil spillages with an ecological impact (Buckless et al., 2010). The evolutionary issue of sustainability has become more and more controversial and moral in the past decade; under Applied Ethics the normative principles that can be argued are Social Benefit, and the Principle of Harm. Fiji Water planned to begin conservation and energy projects in 2008 to offset their carbon emissions by 120% (Buckless et al., 2010). The company only calculates 2% increase in fuel usage by shipping vessels, as a large corporation they probably do effect the shipments more, their website is not clear in stating how much carbon emissions the Chinese plant produces when making neither the plastic nor the transportation of raw materials to the Chinese plant (Buckless et al., 2010). In brief, it’s foreseeable that Fiji Water Company is the

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