Ethics Assignment

Essay by ScarleUniversity, Bachelor's August 2014

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The facts relating to the corporate scandal and how the scandal occurred

British petroleum (BP) is one of the world's largest private oil and petrochemical companies. The company's main business is oil and gas exploration and development, oil product retail and transportation. The home base is located in London. By the end of 2009, BP has more than eighty thousand employees worldwide, more than 80 countries on six continents is engaged in the production and business operation activities

20/4/2010, the oil rig of Deep-water Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf was sunk by a powerful blast and fire. It killed 11 workers who are working in the well. Millions of oil barriers flew into the Bay per day, (Ranged from 35,000 to 60,000) and large numbers of gas were released more than 86 days. (King, 2010) In US history this is the worst offshore oil spill.

The factors that contribute the disaster have been discussed worldwide.

BP said the accident was resulted from multiple causes, with multiple companies. Unfortunately the several companies which concerned in the oil spill were targeted by decreasing operating costs and less down the time. From the report of BP oil, it states some risks that cause the disaster. The design for the cement which used to seal the bottom of the well is defective. A "incorrectly judged a success" was made for the seal problem. The workers failed to recognize the first signs of the impending bust-up.

The internal management shortage also contribute to the disaster, BP did not have proper controls in order to ensure safety, health and environmental. For the safety perspective, BP did not make the major decisions which sound from an engineering perspective. The main cause is the opaque internal management, with several directors to make decisions. (Sutherland,