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Burns & McCallister
Mark Stone Ohio University
Legal & Ethical Environment of Business
November 20, 2013

Burns & McCallister
Ethics & Global Business
Being a successful global business is a balancing act. It is easy to assume that what works in America will work abroad. Nothing could be further from the truth. Multi-national companies need to be aware of the unique set of values, customers and traditions of the foreign countries they wish to do business in. Some areas of international business ethics are easier to define than others. For instance when it comes to working environments it is easy to say child labor performed in unsafe and hazardous environments coupled with unreasonable working hours is wrong as it goes against the ethical treatment of human beings but is discrimination against women in business management equally as wrong? Let’s explore this question in more detail.
The Dilemma
The company Burns & McCallister has come under scrutiny from a series of reports by both the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times regarding their policy on female executives managing accounts in certain nations. This has been surprising since Burns & McCallister is known for their equal treatment of women. Working Mother magazine lists Burns & McCallister as one of the top fifty firms in the United States for employment of working mothers and by Working Woman magazine as one of the top ten firms for women. However, the dilemma is that Burns & McCallister has learned, through its years of consulting that certain countries in which it negotiates for contracts prohibit the use of women in the negotiation process. In response to this the company has implemented a policy prohibiting women partners from being assigned accounts in these specific countries. NOW the National Organization of Women denounces this…...

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