Business Ethics Case Study: Monsanto Pcbs

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Over the years, various states have integrated chemical companies into their environmental conservation and chemical safety agenda. This intervention is done to make sure that the companies comply with safety specifications and that the products they make are environmentally friendly. In this manner, the environment is kept clean not only for today but also for the future generation. However, making decisions to safeguard the environment against the financial might of multi-billion dollars manufacturers is sometimes a difficult challenge. As a result, significant companies may produce toxic chemicals for prolonged periods of time. The concerned chemicals bear hazardous effects on the environment
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Several lawsuits and environmental remediation prompts have been directed to the firm for the resulting pollution (Lewis 1). It is, however, essential to critically evaluate the merit of the Monsanto issue by looking at information from all sides, both on the business benefits and the societal well-being before deciding on the responsibility of the company. The decision-making model is an important approach to use towards this end. It provides an unbiased analysis of the problem towards solutions and recommendations after assessing the effects of PCBs and the benefits presented by Monsanto as a …show more content…
When released, they do not break down although the amounts of congeners may change. When they enter water bodies, they are bound to sediments at the bottom but may re-enter the water upon disturbance of the sediments or after some time affecting the fish and other organisms (Johnson 1). For the lighter compounds, they can quickly evaporate from the water and the soil.
Furthermore, they may be consumed by small fish and plants that grow in contaminated environments, and as they are eaten by larger organisms, chemicals climb up the food chain (Faroon 12). Through eating contaminated food, human beings may be exposed to the chemicals. In another case, uptake may occur through inhaling contaminated air and from there; they may accumulate in the internal organs of an individual after going through the metabolic systems. Although the chemicals mainly accumulates in the fatty tissue, some may cross the placenta and the blood-brain barrier thus affect the unborn child during

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