Suppose you work for the Wholesome Hamburger Company that owns 100 fast food restaurants in California.
There is a big drought and people are being told to use less water.
You know that it takes:
1,800 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef,
12 gallons of water to produce a head of lettuce,
2 gallons for one walnut, and
468 gallons of water to produce a pound of chicken.
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You discuss this with the executives in your firm and they tell you that the way water is allocated by the government, the company does not incur any additional expense: water will remain very cheap for business. The head of the company is soliciting ideas for its strategic plan for the future.
- What is the ethical dilemma or issue?
- What are the alternatives or possible courses of action? Identify at least 3 alternatives.
- What are your recommendations? In other words, of the several alternatives you identified, what do you think the company should do?
- What is your rationale for your recommendations? In other words, why do you recommend this course of action?