The Business of Alcohol
It was a Saturday and I was home from the peace-corps and visiting friends; 32 years old, single, and enjoying life. My best friend and I was out all day, drinking a beer here and there; we went to a bar later that night, still drinkingâ€¦I made a decision that night, that I regret till this day, and Iâ€™m thankful, that I did not kill myself or my friend, but I totaled my vehicle that night, because I made a decision to drink and drive. The question, was that the companyâ€™s fault? You know, the company who made and ultimately sold the alcohol, in my opinion No.
I know we have heard of the stories, where the alcohol company finds itself on the other side of a lawsuit, for a scenario, close to the one I described. Letâ€™s begin with this; our country is founded on principles of ...view middle of the document...
Ok, some people look at these companies and say they have a responsibility to do more, because of so much negativity surrounding their product. From my interpretation of our text; these businesses operate under the Libertarianism and Utilitarianism theories, where they make decisions. Utilitarianism provides a very clear rule for decision-making. The alternative that most benefits the organization as a whole is the alternative that should be chosen. From a Libertarianism view, so long as transactions are carried out in a just and fair way, meaning no involved party's Lockean rights are violated, then social justice has been achieved. (Shaw, 2014)
So, in closingâ€¦I leave you with something from one of SABMillerâ€™s, Corporate Social Responsibility pamphlets, â€œDrinking alcohol is a matter of individual judgment and accountability. Itâ€™s been a part of social life and celebrations around the world for thousands of years. Drinking sensibly means you can enjoy yourself â€“ and stay safe.â€ (Tai-Hing, 2013) I feel as long as the company operates responsibly; not breaking any lawsâ€™ maintaining profitability; paying their taxes; hiring employees and treating them fairly, and lastly providing a good and fair priced product to keep the consumer happy. Leave them Alone. I think itâ€™s unfair to categorize them as a bad company or elevate expectations unreasonably. Itâ€™s on us, the consumer, who has to make good decisions and have self-control to monitor ourselves and family to do the right thing, when dealing with alcohol.
Shaw, William H: Business Ethics, Eight Edition (2014)
Sungwon, Y., & Tai-Hing, L. (2013). The illusion of righteousness: corporate social responsibility practices of the alcohol industry. BMC Public Health, 13(1), 1-11. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-630