We have discussed many ethical and legal issues as we have moved through this course. This final assignment will allow you the opportunity to demonstrate that you can identify and discuss ethical and legal issues in business and management and formulate viewpoints as to where things went wrong. You will also identify how the issues could have been avoided. You also might want to address how strong ethical leadership could have avoided the issues you have identified.
Write a Film Critique of Contemporary Movie Based on Ethical and Legal Issues
I selected the below movie:
Movie Review: “A Decent Factory”
the 2004 documentary “A Decent Factory”.
This bare-bones documentary examines efforts by Finnish cell-phone maker Nokia to monitor its own supply chain. The film follows Nokia’s internal ethics advisor and a British ethics consultant on a trip to Shenzhen, China, to audit the operations of a factory making parts for Nokia phones.
The film is worth watching if you’ve got an interest in the subject matter, and would be a great teaching tool for a business ethics class or a class on supply-chain management. But don’t expect the slick production values of The Smartest Guys in the Room (the Enron movie) or even Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price. Don’t expect much flash: just a camera following the auditors around the factory, interviewing managers and workers, examining safety and environmental practices.
One of the most striking things about the movie is that working conditions in the factory are, well, so-so. This isn’t a sweatshop: workers are under-paid a little (compared to what’s required by Chinese law) and they complain that the food in the factory cafeteria is bad. But there are no 16-hour days, no oppressive heat, and no beatings. In part, that’s what makes the auditors’ (and, in the end, Nokia’s) position so difficult, and is likely to leave many viewers feeling somewhat ambivalent. If the factory were a real sweatshop, it would be easy to abhor it, and perhaps easy for Nokia to cut it out of their supply chain. If, on the other hand, the factory were a model of progressive working conditions…well, then it wouldn’t have been in the movie. As it is, Nokia is faced with a dilemma: as a socially conscious company with socially conscious customers, they can’t just turn a blind eye to violations of minimum-wage laws or ignore lax enforcement of safety standards, but neither can they simply insist that the factory’s owners simply eat the full cost of bringing their practices up to par.
This, in part, is what makes this movie interesting. It illustrates why business ethics (or at least the ethics of supply chain management) is so challenging. Foot-stomping criticism of brutal sweatshop labour is easy. Cases like the one shown in A Decent Factory are much harder. Grey areas where things aren’t perfect and improvement is possible-but-not-easy demand thoughtful problem-solving and a serious commitment to improving (rather than perfecting) performance and having better, rather than worse, answers at hand when called to account.
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