Case: Anglo American Plc in South Africa (from Lesson 5)
- Anglo American employees and their families
- Government bodies
- Non- Profit organizations (NGOs)/ World Health Organization (WHO)
- Competitors/ Other large mining concerns or companies operating in South Africa
- Pharmaceutical companies
- National Union of Mine Workers
- Financial Institutions
- Shareholders 2 What are the pros and cons of Anglo American’s adoption of an aggressive strategy in combating HIV/AIDS among its South African workforce? What recommendations would you give the company concerning its HIV/AIDS policy?
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Today all international organizations set fundamental standards to protect human rights. Company code is designed to give the employee's protection because employees are the most vital asset of the organization. Charles W L Hill asserts that human rights still are not respected by giving the case of human rights in South Africa. The world has changed so much with the global market that it brings complex challenges for the protection of human rights. According to Amnesty International research, companies can jeopardize the human rights of individuals and communities by their operations.
Developed and developing countries are faced with environmental pollution. Because of lack of environmental regulations ethical issues may arise with the higher level of pollution. In developed countries many environmental regulations such as dumping of toxic chemicals, emission of pollutants and so on are in place whereby in developing countries these laws are lacking. A lot of money is invested to save the planet from environmental pollution. Today many businesses encourage green investment.
It is important to set out proper standards of code of conduct in the host country where business is carried out. The working condition, wages, forced labour or child labour are the ethical issues associated with employment