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1.David, the human resources director for Eagle Manufacturing
1.David, the human resources director for Eagle Manufacturing Company, attempts to comply with the law in dealing with applicants and employees. One of the major challenges that David confronts is that the legality of an action is
a. Absolute and unchanging
b. Based on social responsibility notions
c. Based on ethical standards
d. Not always clear.
2. Which of the following are among the assertions typically made by "socially responsible" advocates of the modern corporation's activities?
a. Corporations should not merely obey the law but rather should seek and observe social responsibility standards higher than the law since at times the law is "silent" or is not enforced.
b. Corporate profit-seeking at times involves unacceptable social costs.
c. Forces in a free market are at times inadequate to prevent many of the social costs stemming from corporate profit-seeking.
d. All of the above.
3. The giant multi-national pharmaceutical companies could be held accountable on what grounds if they do not give AIDS drugs or sell them at cost to very poor African countries:
a. Legal pursuant to the principle of Nonfeasance
b. Moral pursuant to the Principle of Last Resort
c. Social Responsibility based on current notions of CSR
d. B and C.
4. As to the issue of whether a company should be a "socially responsible" one, the Ethical Egoists would likely say:
a. When in Rome, do as the Romans.
b. Justice is the will of the stronger.
c. Charity begins at home.
d. Save the whales.
5.Not being socially responsible most likely subjects one and one's company to:
a. Civil legal liability based on the principle of Last Resort.
b. Criminal legal liability based on the principle of Nonfeasance.
c. Moral condemnation for the failure to rescue the poor in the local community.
d. Criticism in the local community for not being a "good corporate citizen"
6.Nobel Prize winner Professor Emeritus Milton Friedman would favor a corporate code of conduct that would:
a. Maximize profits at all costs.
b. Maximize profits based on open and free competition.
c. Maximize profits as long as the corporation "plays within the rules" without fraud, deception, or other illegality.
d. B and C only
7. A conservative interpretation and definition of corporate "social responsibility" would typically reflect the view that:
a. Corporate social responsibility should be mandated and closely regulated by global organizations, such as the United Nations.
b. There is insufficient government regulation in the U.S. in place to deal with corporate socially responsible decision-making.
c. Social responsibility decisions in business should be decided according to philosophical Natural Law and Natural rights ethical principles.
d. It could in the long-term, self-interest of business to "get involved" in the community in a prudent manner.
8.Today, critics of the corporation argue for various corporate governance reform proposals to improve the legal, moral, and socially responsible behavior of the corporation. Which of the following is the most convincing argument AGAINST these proposals?
a. These proposals are inadvisable because corporate managers should never have any duty other than to maximize profits for the shareholders
b. These proposals are unnecessary because market forces invariably operate to deter any corporate misbehavior
c. These proposals are unnecessary because existing law already establishes clear standards for what is and is not moral corporate behavior globally
d. These proposals are inadvisable because they will reduce corporate ability to respond quickly to changing business conditions and therefore will create allocational inefficiency.
9.Which of the following is a correct statement regarding the definition of corporate "social responsibility"?
a. In the interests of preserving personal freedom, the law in the United States codifies in detail social responsibility rules.
b. For a social responsibility analysis the acceptable standard for moral behavior is compliance with the legal law.
c. A minimum socially responsible standard for business is compliance with the law.
d. By law in the U.S., an employer typically is required to provide to the mayor of a local community where the employer does business a clear set of social responsibility standards and rules based on the values of the community.
10.How would the Sophists best treat the value of social responsibility?
a. Ignore it since nothing is real anyway.
b. Adhere to it since God commands it as in the parable of the Good Samaritan.
c. Use it instrumentally as a tool to empower yourself and your company.
d. Adhere to it since it is an intrinsic moral truth to help others.
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