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1. Should Chiquita have agreed to make the payments to the terrorist group to protect its employees? What ethical principles support your opinion. A. Chiquita was asked to make the payements to the terrorist group in 1995 when it was unaware of the actions of the paramaillitary group. It was only human for Chiquita to first think of its employees and protect them. However Chiquita failed to look at the bigger and failed to estimate what the terrorist organization actually did with the money. I believe it was ethically wrong for Chiquita to have involved in this activity, not disclosing it to the US government and also hiding it in its accounting. The best thing to do would have been to withdraw from these markets inspite of its good intensions.

2. Is there anything that Chiquita could have done to protect its employees adequately without paying the terrorists? A. Chiquita should have contacted the US Department of justice earlier and asked for help stating its good intensions to continue its business and also protect its employees. If sufficient help wasn’t available from the government it should have withdrawn from the market.

3. Using the four methods of ethical reasoning see figure 4.6 was it ethical or not for Chiquita to pay the terrorist organization? A. People in business can analyze ethics dilemmas by using four major types of ethics reasoning virtues ethics, utilitarian reasoning, rights reasoning and justice reasoning. The values and character of the company were right in trying to protect its people. The company was definitely seeing utilitarian benefits by having net benefits than actual costs. However these benefits were attained at the expense of human and social costs. The company also fails in rights and justice reasoning by indirectly being a cause of destruction.

4. How should Chiquita respond to the new lawsuits…...

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