The Corporation (part 2)

Even worse than the fact that companies pollute the rivers in the environment of their factories, is when a British company chartered a ship to get rid of their toxic waste by dumping it out in the Ivory Coast (click on it for more information). Apart from the damage and harm the African population has to suffer from this, the Ivory Coast has to pay France for taking the waste away and decontaminate it. That means additionally a lot of financial problems (corresponding article).

In my eyes it is totally irresponsible of developed countries – like the UK in this case – to menace our environment in this dimension and what is more to jeopardize people, the economy as well as the environment of a developing country like the Ivory Coast. Additionally I am wondering, if those companies really think that by using such a procedure their offence would stay undiscovered?

I think it is interesting to watch the now following process against the British company and to hear the CEO’s defence. Reflecting the CEO shown in this video, there is not always the opportunity to act like they want to. I agree in so far that it is not always easy to do whatever they want to, but they are responsible for the company, its decisions and the resulted activities, especially concerning important issues. Therefore the CEO should act in an appropriate way, which includes also the consideration of the environment. And if the CEO does not have the support of, for instance, the shareholders then he or she should at least try to convince them by announcing and defending his / her opinion.

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One comment on “The Corporation (part 2)
  1. jeremy says:

    Unfortunately Lena, this is altogether too common and a reflection of the lack of distributive justice within the international political economy (see another story not so long ago involving France). It is a perfect illustration of the challenge we face if sustainable development is to be embraced. So long as developed countries can dump their waste elsewhere, there is no incentive for them to clean up their act.

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