Ethics "Somethings Rotten in Hondu"

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Something’s Rotten in Hondo

The decision makers in the “Something’s Rotten in Hondo” are George the Plant Manager and Bill George’s boss. The Stakeholders are George, George’s family, the town of Hondo, Environmental Protection Agency, all who are affected by the plants pollution, the Mexican town, and the environment. George had moved from El Paso, Texas to Hondo, Texas with his family four years ago to assume the roll of the manager at Ardnak Plastic Inc. This plant manufactures plastic parts for small equipment and has several hundred workers from the town of Hondo. For the past few months George has been getting calls from his boss Bill because the emissions from the plants smokestacks were constantly above Environmental Protection
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Each of these problems has serious implications for our health and well-being as well as for the entire environment. What decision would ensure the greatest amount of happiness for the greatest number? Does the good outweigh the bad? How does one make such a moral decision?
Based on Kohlberg’s Level of Moral Development people make moral decisions based on the consequences of his or her actions in regards to punishment or reward. He identified six developmental stages that a person goes through form childhood into adulthood with regards to his or her reactions to a moral dilemma. The six stages are divided into three main types: pre-conventional, conventional, and post-conventional. In the pre-conventional stage, an individual learns to behave according to acceptable social norms because they are told to do so by authority figures, such as parents and teachers. In the second or conventional stage, individuals behave in a manner that will gain approval from society. The post-conventional stage is reached when an individual’s morals have developed to the level where there is a real concern for the wellbeing of others (stage 5) and when there is concern for what is right and just (stage 6) (eGuide to Ethics and the Legal Environment Chapter 1: Page 9). If George where to base his

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