Slavery in the Chocolate Industry Case Study Essay

1091 Words Mar 6th, 2016 5 Pages
Name: Asher Andrews
Submitted to: Ms Elishah St.Luce
Class: Business Ethics

“The case of slavery in the chocolate industry”


What are the systemic, corporate and individual ethical issues raised by the case?

First of all what is ethics? According to Manuel G Velasquez “Ethics is the discipline that examines ones moral standard or the moral standards of a society. It asks how these standards applies to our lives and whether these standards are reasonable or unreasonable, that is, whether they are supported by good reasons or poor ones.” In a nut shell ethics is what individuals and the society view as being right or wrong.

The case "Slavery in the Chocolate Industry" discusses labor exploitation in the chocolate
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According to Kant’s categorical theory we should never use people only as a means to your ends but always treat them as they freely and rationally consent to be treated. In this case the slave-owners treats the slaves as the means to achieve the slave owner’s ends, not as an end themselves. The slave owners should have ask themselves how they would feel if someone enslaved them. Slavery is unethical also because it violates human rights, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights explicitly forbids slavery and many of the practices associated with slavery. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood according to “Article 1, Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms “Article 4, Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”

Secondly the corporate ethical issues that aroused in the case were the middle men who grind and process the cocoa beans they acquired from the Ivory Coast and sell the product to manufacturers. These middlemen were aware of the slavery problem that was taking place in Ivory Coast and Ghana. This is a form of moral responsibility (causality) because these middlemen help to cause the injury because they failed to prevent it when they could and should

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