Research a company that has been in the news due to ethical problems. Evaluate the ethical dilemma under two ethical frameworks. Analyze what part whistleblowers played in the exposure to the company. Discuss how employment-at-will affected the employees and the company. Evaluate whether the company used marketing or public relations successfully when trying to repair the damage caused by the reported lapse in ethics.
Reflect on the class discussions and the articles that you have read during the class and use the information, and other academic sources to write a 2500- 3000 word essay critiquing the company, its operations, and the ethical dilemma it caused.
Volkswagen is the company I am researching
Volkswagen’s emissions cheating scandal widened Friday after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the German automaker used software to cheat on pollution tests on more six-cylinder diesel vehicles than originally thought.
Volkswagen told the EPA and the California Air Resources Board the software is on about 85,000 Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche vehicles with 3-liter engines going back to the 2009 model year. Earlier this month the regulators accused VW of installing the so-called “defeat device” software on about 10,000 cars from the 2014 through 2016 model years, in violation of the Clean Air Act.
Whistleblowers were the California Regulators who informed EPA
Employee At will (explain what it means how it would affect VW employees if job cuts were implemented as a resul of the scandal)
Mr. Müller, who was appointed chief executive last month after his predecessor, Martin Winterkorn, resigned, did not rule out job cuts stemming from the damage that Volkswagen has suffered financially and to its reputation.
The company will do everything it can to preserve jobs, Mr. Müller said, but he added: “This will not be a painless process.”
Volkswagen has almost 600,000 workers worldwide, including about 270,000 in Germany. The German work force is concentrated in the state of Lower Saxony, including 72,000 people at the Wolfsburg factory.
Mr. Müller said a substantial number of high-ranking managers had been suspended in connection with what he promised would be a ruthless inquiry into who was responsible for the scandal.