The Ethics of doing business globally

In keeping with our Board’s spiritual theme - "By Our Works, We Show Our Faith", you will study what companies in various industries are doing to demonstrate their social responsibility and ethical business practices. Some might suggest that advertising ethical practices as part of a company’s corporate profile might be a marketing ploy but the fact remains that companies are advertising their willingness to support a cause such as reducing carbon emissions or improving the quality and availability of water in certain regions. It is no longer a matter of doing good locally but rather showing that you can be a good corporate citizen on a global scale.

Your task is to research a MNC (approved by your teacher) and report on the following:

1. Describe ways in which multinational companies have both positive and negative effects on the countries in which they operate.
2. Evaluate the ethical issues that arise for companies competing internationally in relation to the society (e.g., health of environment, conservation of resources)
3. Present your company’s response to the needs for energy conservation, decrease in emissions and/or resource conservation.
4. Create one wiki page which answers all of the questions above. Differentiate your wiki page from other wikis. You should add links where appropriate and any other elements (slide show, video streaming from the internet, video clips from the media, sound clips) which make your page effective.
5. Record all of your sources in proper MLA format (see Easybib or Bibme.org) at the very bottom.
6. Comment on at least two other topics using the discussion function.

Deadlines: All pages must be complete by May 7, 2014. You have until Friday, May 9, 2014 to complete all comments.

Your research should begin with a thorough examination of the company’s website, in particular the corporate profile section. The following link might be a departure point for you - environment.about.com

Please ensure that you have read over the rubric and addressed all the required elements. The Learning Goals for this activity are reflected in the Thinking and Inquiry component of the rubric.

Category
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Level 4
Thinking and Inquiry - describe and comment on way in which MNC have positive and negative effects on the countries in which they operate
provides a limited analysis of effects for each country
provides an analysis of effects for each country with some sense of understanding within the context of each country
provides a considerable analysis of effects for each country with strong sense of understanding within the context of each country
provides an in depth analysis of effects for each country with an exceptional sense of understanding within the context of each country
Thinking and Inquiry - report on environmental sustainability plans the company has committed to
provides a copy of the plan
provides some analysis of the plan
provides a considerable analysis of
the plan including comparison to other companies in the same industry
provides an in depth analysis of the plan with strong sense of how it will affect international business activities
Thinking and Inquiry - evaluate the ethical issues that arise for companies competing internationally in relation society and the environment
provides a list of issues that may arise with regards to society and the environment
provides some analysis of ethical issues that may arise with regards to society and the environment
provides considerable comparative analysis of ethical issues that may arise with regards to society and the environment
provides an in depth analysis of ethical issues with a strong sense of how they affect social fabric, the environment, living conditions and economy of the host country
Communication
Written: use of language to convey findings
product shows a limited effectiveness in use of language
show some effectiveness
shows considerable effectiveness
shows a high degree of effectiveness
Communication: Comment on Wikis thoughtful and insightful
commented on at least one wiki
commented on wiki(s), comments are brief and show little thought or understanding of the subject
comments are complete, appropriate and show understanding of the subject
comments are complete, appropriate, show a good understanding and lead to further discussion.
Application: explain how these social improvement plans can be incorporated into our daily activities.
Explains in a limited fashion.
Explains with the use of some examples.
draws practical conclusions through the effective use of their research findings.
draws practical conclusions through the exceptional research and use of their findings.