The Bp Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Essay

1461 Words May 8th, 2016 null Page
In the course Business Environments, much focus was put onto law and ethics within business environments as well as the main question of, does social responsibility matter? After the many discussions and explanations of corporate social responsibility, I have come to understand that many businesses rely on being socially responsible to retain business growth and sustainability within their corporations. Often in this modern society, it is difficult to continue being socially responsible but it is pivotal for many corporations to continue their efforts. In the case of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, many wish that BP had taken the advice of other socially responsible corporations, then maybe the gulf oil spill of 2010 would not have occurred. Perhaps if someone would have “blown the whistle on BP” for not putting in the proper safety features onto the rig or if the manager in charge of the installation would have installed the “blowout preventer” (a commonly used safety device) then this disaster may not have occurred. All of these what if’s lead back to the question of legal, ethical or both? While it is not illegal for a rig to forgo installation of the blow out preventer, it may have been an unethical choice. This simple action may have prevented the Deepwater Horizon oil explosion that killed 11 people and injured 17 more; in addition, 4.9 million barrels of crude oil was released into the Gulf of Mexico. Not just the company was affected, mass amounts of wildlife…

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