Xmgt 216 Wk 6 Checkpoint 1

Xmgt 216 Wk 6 Ck Pt   Short Case—Organization
Read the short case, Advertising, on p. 250 of Managing Business Ethics.
Develop a strategy for dealing with the described ethical dilemma.
Short Case:   Advertising
As a bottler of natural spring water, your advertising department has recently launched a campaign that emphasizes the purity of your product.   The industry is highly competitive, and your organization has been badly hurt by a lengthy strike of unionized employees.   The strike seriously disrupted production and distribution, and it caused your company to lose significant revenues and market share.   Now that the strike is over, your company will have to struggle to recoup lost customers, and will have to pay for the increased wages and benefits called for in the new union contract.   The company’s financial situation is precarious to say the least.
You and the entire senior management team have high hopes for the new ad campaign, and initial consumer response has been positive.   You are shocked then, when your head of operations reports to you that an angry worker has sabotaged one of your bottling plants.   The worker introduced a chemical into one of the machines, which in turn contaminated 120,000 bottles of the spring water.   Fortunately, the chemical is present in extremely minute amounts-no consumer could possibly suffer period of time.   Since the machine has already been sterilized, any risk of long-term exposure has been virtually eliminated.   But, of course, the claims made by your new ad campaign could not be more false.
Post a 150- to 300-word business memo to senior management analyzing and explaining the dilemma and your strategy for solving the ethical dilemma.

To: Mr. Evian
From:             Ricky Beck
Date: Jan 28th 2010
Re: Tainted bottled spring water and the strategy to...