Ethics and law

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Julie November

Assignment #1 Part 2

Johnson & Johnson

1.Johnson and Johnson manufacture Tylenol products. Seven people became sick and died after taking cyanide-laced Tylenol capsules.

2. Johnson and Johnson dealt with the problem immediately and addressed the public through all media outlets, and told consumers not to consume any Tylenol products at all, they went as far as to tell the public not to begin retaking Tylenol procducts until the details and extent of the problem were known. The company completely halted production and advertisement of Tylenol prodcuts and recalled all Tylenol off the shelves of stores.

3. 3 stakeholder groups that are involved are the customers, employees, and shareholders. These 3 groups are vital to the company's performance and it is necessary to be truthful and ethical to these parties. Honesty, morality, and ethical behavior go far beyond being greedy and all about the money right now.

4. Utilitarianism applies in this case because Johnson & Johnson followed the theory of making a decision to recall all products which in turn maximized happiness and minimized overall pain, therefore producing the greatest net effect. By being upfront with the public they were able to prevent illness and possible deaths. While they lost profit and their stock price decreased for a short time they were able to keep their customers and in turn increase shareholder profitability by not covering up the major mishap.


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