GE Opinion Essay
Many large companies tend to have unethical practices to make a
profit. One of these large companies is General Electrics. GE has a shaky
history of dishonesty and corruption. There are several reasons why GE is
Ethics is the rules or standards governing the conduct of a person or
the members of a profession. Every company should have some ethics to
follow. They keep the business fair, efficient, and running smoothly. An
important way a successful business can be attained is to follow a code of
There were many things that General Electrics did unethically. They
caused an immense amount of contamination and did this knowingly. They
left this contamination problem continue and didn’t care to fix it. They
continued to pollute rivers and the land around their working area because of
leaking containment areas. People around the area suffered from tumors,
cancer, and birth defects. They even lied to consumers and surrounding
people about the contamination, saying it was not their fault.
Not only did consumers summer, but workers suffered also. There
have even been cases of death caused from too much radiation exposure
from GE production. GE failed to record these exposures and failed to
monitor the effects. Where is their code of ethics now when even their own
employees are dying?
With all these problems, GE still failed to improve its habits. People
were left harmed, and the land was destroyed from too much radiation
poisoning. GE also failed to reimburse the victims of the radiation. The
company should have fixed all leaking containment areas as soon as
discovered, instead of ignoring them. It should have recorded all possible
radiation exposures to ensure the health of their workers. It should be
honest and truthful to all consumers and to the general public. There is no
excuse for some dishonesty and corruption.
I think General Electrics should be ashamed of how they handled
their business. They endangered the lives of many and have even killed. If
they even had a code of ethics, it was horrible or grossly misused.
General Electrics seemed to do whatever they pleased to have a “successful”
business. Although I think killing off your employees and consumers is