Chapter 10

What Would You Do?

1.      If a coworker of mine decided to speak up about the company doing something wrong, like polluting the waters of a nearby stream by dumping runoff water into it, I would say go ahead and speak.  I would suggest not to send an anonymous email because it’s his idea and nobody else’s.  If someone has an issue with something, they should directly speak out and be heard.  There may be consequences to those actions.  If this person doesn’t want to lose their job over it, don’t say anything at all.  But don’t get other people involved in something only you believe in. 

2.      If I was an entry-level worker in an audit department and stumbled across evidence of a program to shut off the audit process, I would keep it to myself.  I would not use this program for my own good, programs like these can get you into a lot of trouble.  Even knowing about the program could get you into trouble, that’s why I wouldn’t say anything to anyone and I would act like I have never seen it before if it was presented to me.  Do I think this is a cool program? Yes, who wouldn’t want to shut off the audit process.  You could make any claim on your tax return without the fear of being audited or investigated.  This would be a very powerful program to know about and could be very dangerous. 

Cases:

1.      IBM’s supply chain program has such a large impact on environmental health because IBM’s ambitious emissions reduction goals and because it has become a supplier chain leader, requiring that companies up and down its supply chain establish environmental sustainability programs.  It took over five years and extensive coordination with many suppliers, but in 2010, IBM became the first computer manufacturer to eliminate the use of two toxic compounds.

Specific environmental requirements are documented in IBM’s contract with suppliers.  These may include requirements related to:

·        Content of Chemical

·        Managing Chemical

·        Managing Waste

·        Prevention of Spill

·        Employees

·        Employees’ Health and Safety

IBM set its global requirements for waste processing and product end-of-life management.  These may include requirements related to:

·        Waste Treatment

·        Waste Recycling

·        Waste Disposal

Cisco uses its supply chain program to score its suppliers and those scores impact which companies Cisco conducts business with.  The score card is based on ethics, labor rights, health and safety, and environmental impacts. 

Cisco encourages suppliers to report their performance publicly in a Corporate Social Responsibility Report and to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions through the Carbon Disclosure Project.

Cisco also conducts independent third party audits of its suppliers to make sure they are accurately reporting on their progress. These third party auditors visit supplier locations and evaluate their processes and practices.

IBM set aggressive goals for emission reduction, and the company requires all is suppliers to establish management programs to implement environmentally responsible programs, and to measure and report their performance toward meeting environmental goals.  A company’s “first-tier” supplier must ensure that their own supplier meets or exceeds these goals. Specifically, supplier responsibilities include:

·        Establish a management system to address corporate responsibility

·        Evaluate the performance and establish the goal of the environment

·        Disclose results of these environmental goals publicly

·        Make sure their suppliers are following these requirements

 

2.       

a.      Implementation of enhancements to the government databases:

                                                    i.     Someone may support the implementation and enhancements such as the photo matching and access to additional database to improve the accuracy of the E-verify system.  As per U.S law companies prefer employees who may work legally in the U.S with any citizenship who have the authorization documents.

                                                   ii.     E-Verify are the system that helps employers to validate the entitlement of a fresh hired staff to work in the U.S.  E-Verify system processes its cases from both the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) databases and Social Security.  In E-Verify systems, the documents when submitted with false numbers will receive a non-confirmation.

b.      E-Verify system to the screen prospective workers:

                                                    i.     Someone may not prefer the current E-Verify system for small businesses. There should be a system for small business employers to verify their employees, but it is not the current E-Verify system. 

                                                   ii.     In most cases, the small firms do not have a HR department; the owner himself manages all the employees.  It includes a layer of bureaucracy that hits small businesses hard while the system is free.

                                                  iii.     The current system may take several hours on educational materials in order to sign up and act in accordance with the E-Verify.

c.      Mandatory use of the E-Verify system:

                                                    i.     Regarding the participation in E-Verify, the employees have specific rights.  E-Verify satisfies employees by performing as a strong tool for their self-protection against those who try to take advantage of them.  Features of E-Verify are the:

·        Safe 24-hour access

·        Immediate results

·        Checking errors

·        Photo matching

·        Compliance peace of mind

·        Flexibility in user access

·        Usage reports

·        Flexibility in implementation

·        Supports for large companies

·        Interactive training

·        Customer service