Sustainability: Ethics, Legal, and Economic Aspects

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Sustainability Whether an organization is domestic or international they have social responsibilities to the communities they operate within and to the shielding of the world. Caterpillar, Inc. is one such company that puts social responsibility at the top of their priorities. They have an abundance of engineers and technologists working on solutions to improve on sustainability. According to the 2012 Sustainability Report (2012), “at Caterpillar, we always ask ourselves, ‘What do our customers need? What does the world need?’ World Resources Institute (WRI) asks those same questions about the communities it serves, and truly delivers some amazing results” (p. 19). Caterpillar’s Chairman and CEO, Doug Oberhelman is a member of the Board of Directors of the WRI. The WRI is an environmental group that uses research to find applied ways to safeguard the earth and improve people’s existence (“Sustainability Report,” 2012). Remanufacturing is one of the processes that Caterpillar utilizes to create sustainability throughout the world. Remanufacturing avoids waste through its salvage of materials and the associated resource savings. Sustainability organizations need to forge sustainability strategies which distribute them with cost-effective benefits and social benefits accomplished through environmental accountability. This paper will analyzing different ethical, legal, and economic issues relevant to sustainability as it pertains. Ethics and sustainability Organizations that are led by management who perform in a principled behavior are probable to be exemplified by an affirmative ethical civilization. Also, when their workforce is rewarded by doing what is right, helps cultivate the positive ethical image throughout the o... ... middle of paper ... ...xy1.ncu.edu/docview/201687820/fulltextPDF/F6C1C133AEB24985PQ/1?accountid=28180 Malk, A. (2011). Sustainability is too expensive. Businessweek. Retrieved from http://www.businessweek.com/debateroom/archives/2011/12/sustainability_is_too_expensive.html Mufson, S. (2009). Vehicle emission rules to tighten. The Washington Post. Retrieved from http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/18/AR2009051801848.html Soledad, A. (2012). UNEP: World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability. Environmental Policy and Law, 42(4/5), 204-205. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com.proxy1.ncu.edu/docview/1239086063/fulltextPDF/938578CF70664516PQ/3?accountid=28180 Zsolnai, L. (2011). Environmental ethics for business sustainability. International Journal of Social Economics, 38(11), 892-899. doi: 10.1108/03068291111171397
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