Should Business Influence the Science and Politics of Global Environmental Change? The Oil Industry and Climate Change (B) (French)

Published 01 Mar 2004
Reference 4957
Topic Strategy
Region Global
Summary

Case A presents three strategic options considered by a fictitious international oil and gas corporation to address the issue of climate change: "fight against action", "wait and see", and "dynamic proactive". Case B presents the climate change strategies of three multinational corporations – ExxonMobil, BP Amoco, and TotalFinaElf.

Teaching objectives

1) assess critical business strategies on global environmental risks and underlying ethical dilemmas; 2) acknowledge influence of business on scientific and political dimensions of society, and ethical responsibility as an inherent dimension of business global strategy; 3) reflect on ethical management of this influence; and 4) reflect on the evolution of business responsibility.

Keywords
  • Business ethics
  • Climate change
  • Oil industry
  • Ethical dilemmas
  • Global environmental change
  • Kyoto protocol
  • Social responsibility
  • Global strategy