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9 Mar 2012 26 Respondents
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By Amanda Lees (EA)
Engineers Australia
Senior Worker (703 XP)
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ETHICS: SELLING WASTE TO PRIVATE COMPANIES

ETHICS: SELLING WASTE TO PRIVATE COMPANIES

You are the owner of a large waste recycling business in South East Asia. You are tendering for the waste management business in a local community. You become aware of a lower cost competing tender from a small waste recycling business which will enable locals to sell their waste directly to that local company. This is a poor community that would benefit from the additional income.

You become aware that the other company intends to dispose of its waste as landfill into an area adjacent to a river from which the community draws its drinking water.

As a competitor you are concerned not only about the impact this local company may have on your business, but also about the damage to the environment and local health and to the reputation of the waste management industry generally.

Before the close of the tender period, you are approached by a local official who shares your concern over water contamination. He has inside knowledge that your price will exclude you from the tender, but believes that if you were to separately offer to build a simple water filtration plant for the community, using a local contractor, the tender committee may overlook the price difference.

It is proposed that you support the community by separately building a water filtration plant.

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