Unethical Behavior

In business, ethics relates to all facets of behavior and is pertinent to the conduct of individuals as well as entire organizations. Although there are federal laws that prohibit some unethical business behavior such as invasion of privacy, theft, and money laundering, many companies seem to find loopholes in the laws which oversee corrupt activities. There are many businesses around the world that manage to avoid being socially and legally responsible to their community and the laws that regulate them. The companies as well as the individuals within these organizations tend to get by with unethical behavior in more and more cases. Many businesses and individuals within the business field tend to choose to be unscrupulous and they do so because it works for them and their bottom line.
Ethical behavior matters whether you are in the office, on a construction site, in a factory or out in the fields. Paying attention to ethics makes good business sense and it should start at the upper division of management and trickle down throughout the whole organization. Through ethics a business can enhance their chances of success when they act and treat their colleagues and customers fairly and honestly. In 2002, the federal government passed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in an effort to dissuade unethical behavior. Under this act all publicly registered corporations are required to have a corporate code of ethics. The act also “made it a serious crime to retaliate in any way against corporate whistleblowers” (Williams, 2010).  
Monsanto Corporation is an agricultural company whose headquarters are based in St. Louis, Missouri. There products include agriculture, vegetable seeds, biotechnology and crop protection chemicals including Roundup.   Monsanto has 404 facilities globally, 146 of those are in the United States and they employ over 21,000 people. They lead the world in genetically modified food. Monsanto is also a publicly registered corporation and therefore has a...