Accountability Project: MEASURE & SPARC
Evaluate the concept of environmental sustainability and the responsibility corporations may (or may not) have for protecting and even enhancing the environment. To what extent do corporations have a moral responsibility above and beyond any legal responsibility to protect the environment from harm that may result from the manufacturing, production, or transport of the firm’s products as well as from the use of such products? Similarly, what responsibility, if any, do corporations have to ensure that their products, once no longer useable, are sustainably disposed of, recycled or repurposed? Does laxity in environmental regulation in some emerging world countries where corporations establish factories or plants entitle these corporations to manufacture or produce products in ways that would be disallowed in the U.S. or European Union? Why or why not?