How has Caterpillar’s mission and code of conduct influenced how it has handled various ethical issues?

QUESTIONS

  1. How has Caterpillar’s mission and code of conduct influenced how it has handled various ethical issues?

  2. What are some of the ethical issues Caterpillar has faced in recent years, and why do you think they occurred at Caterpillar?

  3. Based upon your answer to question 2, do you think Caterpillar is an ethical company? Explain why or why not.

  4. Based upon the ethical philosophies we have reviewed and reading this case, do you feel a firm can truly be ethical in all its operations and dealings?

  5. How would you, if you worked at Caterpillar, help to manage employee relationships to avoid ethical issues going forward if you were A) a front line manager and B) a Director of Human Resources (or similar higher management position)?

  6. Review your answer to question 5. How did your answer differ based upon your level in the organization’s hierarchy? Do you think that it is easier to be ethical at lower or higher levels of management in the organization? Explain why or why not.

 

 

 

 

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