Topic: ethical concerns and dilemmas in private institutions
8) You are a board member of a multinational food processing company. You also own significant shares in the company. Recently the company is reeling under huge debt and looking forward to launch a product to make profits. The company has decided to launch a special energy drink product specially made for school children. Food scientists in the company warn the board about possible health impacts of this drink. They say that their research has found that this product as energy drink would make children prone to obesity and lose their hunger for home food. According to them this would adversely affect the health of large pool of children in the country within short term, as the company had large presence and trusted brand name across the country. But the board rubbishes these findings. They defend the product by quoting internal findings that it would be a big hit among children because of its taste and company would make huge profits by selling it. Except you, all the board members support the launch of this product and bury the findings of their scientists. They say that for them saving the company, their wealth and saving employees is of immediate concern.
Discuss the ethical issues present in this case and examine what options are available to you in this situation. Which option will you choose? Justify. (200 Words)