Yadana Ethics

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Ethics is the discipline that examines one’s moral standards or the moral standards of a society to evaluate their reasonableness and their implications for one’s life. It asks how these standards apply to one’s life and whether these standards are reasonable or unreasonable – that is, whether they are supported by good reasons or poor ones. In brief, ethics deals with understanding and differentiating right from wrong. Unocal activities in conducting in Yadana Field project can be discussed from the four moral principles – utilitarian, rights, justice, and caring perspectives. Utilitarian is a moral principle that claims that something is right to the extent that it diminishes social costs and increases social benefits, while the core concept…show more content…
An entitlement may derived from a legal system that permits or empowers a person to act in a specified way or that requires others to act in certain ways toward that person, which known as legal right. While human rights (or moral rights) means the rights that all human beings everywhere possess to an equal extent simply by virtue of being human beings. From the case study, the human rights groups issued the report which claiming that the Burmese army was using forced labour and brutalizing the Karen population to provide ‘security’ for Unocal workers and equipment. In addition, a report of 1995 which commissioned by Unocal stated that ‘egregious human rights violations have occurred, and are occurring now, in southern Burma...’. All these proved that there was a conflict with the right perspective. Thus, Unocal was wrong in investing in the Yadana Field project and conducting in the ensuing project as during the time period of contract, the Unocal violated the contract against the human rights and used the forced labour. From this case, the Karen population had the rights to claim on investment of Unocal. However, Unocal also had their rights to invest in the project. Therefore, both sides should be tolerated and find an appropriate solution to achieve a win-win…show more content…
This viewpoint is suggested that by demanding that we show care towards those who depend on us, be it our family, community or even country, we as individuals run the risk of burn out and self-sacrifice. Therefore, Unocal was wrong for investing in Yadana Field project in this approach. Again refer to the various reports from the U.S. State Department, non-profit organisations and Unocal’s own study, the Karen population were brutalized by Burmese army and they have violated the ethics of care in this way. The conditions could be much better if the army treated the Karen people in good
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