Corporations often “vote with their feet” in
terms of doing business where expenses are lowest and revenues are
highest. Buying low and selling high is a basic economic formula for
success that has motivated international trade in many ways over the
centuries. This is popularly discussed when governments consider tax
policies and are also applicable when they also consider the less
obvious factor of environmental protection laws. If Mexico has no ban on
DDT (a pesticide used in agriculture) and the USA has banned the use
(but not the manufacture) of DDT, should a corporation buy land in
Mexico, import DDT from the USA, grow larger crops, and export them to
· What ethical duties does the corporation have to the workers in
Mexico, the neighboring landowners, and the USA consumers about the
potential dangers of using DDT?
· Is there an ethical duty of DDT manufacturers related to their
export of DDT to countries that do not ban its use as the USA does?