M9 – Swedberg

One thing that I have experienced is that when people have a supervisor that is willing to discuss the job with them, the workers are more willing to ask questions and comment on different parts of the job. In past jobs, this has allowed me to have a better understanding of the bigger picture. One such job involved digging trenches between two poles. Because of the interactions I had with the supervisor, I knew that the trenches were being dug to help replace the ground system for a radio tower. As a result, digging the trenches did not seem like busy work and it allowed me to learn about things that are involved in replacing a radio tower.

One supervisor who inspires and motivates me is the one that I worked under when I helped out with a children’s program. Our job was to provide snacks to the children. Through this job, she taught me that is important to respect everyone’s opinion. My supervisor would asked me about my opinion involving the size of the snack and about future snack ideas. While children preferred sugary snacks like cookies, the teachers preferred snacks like pretzels. In order to try to satisfy both preferences, my supervisor would arrange a sugary snack one week and a healthier snack the following week. As a result, she inspired me to ask others for their opinions and then respect those opinions.

Swedberg – M7

In the introduction, it talks about global warming. One of the things the book claims about global warming is that human activity is responsible for it. This is because carbon dioxide is being released into the atmosphere as the result of burning coal, oil, and gasoline (Shaw 247). An opposing view to this is offered by Answers in Genesis. Based off of their research, they have found a “sensible approximation’ of the global temperature in the past (White). The data they found shows that during the Medieval and Roman periods there were times that the temperature was at a similar height. In addition, they also found estimates, created by scientists, for carbon dioxide levels in the past. When these estimates were plotted on top of the global temperature approximations, the temperature started increasing before the carbon dioxide levels did. As a result of this data, this article claims that human activity is not responsible for global warming (White).

What obligations do we have to future generations?

The pollution that happens today will have an effect on the drinking water of future generations and could result in some of their illnesses. Some of the obligations that I think we have to future generations are to follow acts like the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act that are talked about in the introduction (Shaw 247). This will allow future generations to have more of a choice regarding things like drinking clean water.

Does nature have value in itself?

One of the ways that nature has value in itself is in its variety. Nature supplies a variety of food for us, such as fish, meat, vegetables, and fruit. As species go extinct, the variety of fresh food available may decrease. Each type of vegetable tastes different. Even if foods like vegetables do not contain cognitive awareness (Shaw 268), I think we do have a moral obligation to respect them. By respecting plants and animals, we would also be respecting people by allowing them to continue enjoying their favorite foods.

Who should pay the cost for protecting the environment?

The people who are responsible for the pollution should also be responsible for minimizing the pollution as much as possible. As a result, they should be the ones responsible for paying the costs for protecting the environment. If a factory is able to use green energy and has found a way to safety discard its waste, it should do so. If the factory decides not to, it should pay the resulting costs. By having companies be responsible for paying the costs for protecting the environment, companies may start moving towards using green energy. In the end, green energy saves companies money and will increase their efficiency (Shaw 262). So it would be better for the environment and for the companies.

Works Cited

Shaw, William H. Business Ethics. 9th ed., Cengage Learning, 2017.

White, Alan. “The Globe Is Warming, But It’s Not Your Fault!’ Answers in Genesis, Answers in  Genesis, 4 Mar. 2015, answersingenesis.org/environmental-science/climate-change/globe-is-warming-but-its-not-your-fault/.

M6 – Swedberg

The toy company, Mattel, was involved in one of the biggest recalls in its history in 2007. These toys contained things like lead and small magnets.  Some toys that were recalled that summer were found to be extremely dangerous to children, like the small magnets that were able to be swallowed by small children.  As a result of these recalls, safety concerns have increased. Some toy companies have increased safety checks and have investigated their toys that are manufactured in China. In addition, one contract manufacturer in China, has lost their export license and went out of business, as the result of using lead paint on Mattel toys.


M2 – Swedberg

For one week in the month of July in 2015, I went on a trip with a group to a place in Oregon. Once in Oregon, I was put on a team to help repair a porch. All the boards that were starting to rot were replaced with new boards and both stairways, leading to the porch, were rebuild. In addition to helping rebuild the porch, I was also in charge of filling the water cooler with ice water. That way, there would be enough water for everyone to be able to refill their water bottles throughout the day. There was travel expenses for everyone who participated on this project and very little tourism. As a result of taking the time for this trip, paying the expenses to go on it, and helping complete the project, I feel like I demonstrated “Assisting Others’ (Shaw 64) and “Good Will’ (Shaw 57).


Shaw, William H. Business Ethics. 9th ed., Cengage Learning, 2017.

M1 – Swedberg

The primary source that we develop our ethics from is the people we hang out with. We develop them because we tend to conform to the norms of the crowd that we are around. During studies, if everyone else gives the same wrong answer before the naive person answers, the naive person will also answer incorrectly the majority of the time (Shaw 22). In addition, those who go to the same church receive teachings from the same religion. Those teachings often tell people how they should worship and have social relationships (Shaw 11). As a result, those people tend to develop similar ethics based off of those teachings.


Shaw, William H. Business Ethics. 9th ed., Cengage Learning, 2017.