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I would choose the global benefit approach to rate possible outcomes to resolve an ethical dilemma within an organization because which can be connected to the utilitarianism theory because it seeks the most notable good for the highest number of individuals. Determining what route of activity “produces the greatest balance of benefit over harm for all concerned. Who counts, then what counts, as a benefit or harm in considering the possible outcomes. Any action with great benefits without violating ground rules could be the right one” (Zwilling, 2013). Take for instance all the concerns that people have with putting health food in their bodies while being able to do so on a budget.
A lot of people within the United States live on a tight budget when payday comes around and that means extra money can’t be spent on a regular basis to feed an entire family. Healthy food items from a grocery store or restaurant are usually more expensive than an unhealthy item which would be difficult for a financially stricken family to eat on a consistent basis. ‘“An ad for a $4 “deal” from Hardee’s, which includes a cheeseburger, fried chicken sandwich, soda and fries, clocks in at 1,420 calories — comprised of 61 grams of fat, 43 grams of protein and 187 grams of carbohydrates” (Sharma, 2017). While these items are very unhealthy including the high sodium, which can lead to multiple obesity related diseases, they are affordable.
McDonalds can resolve this dilemma by lowering the price of their healthier items and creating more to put on the menu board and send promotions to customers in the mail and on their smart phone as well. This will cause McDonalds to lose money, which would cause disputes amongst their shareholders and investors who are looking for a financial gain. The global benefit approach in this situation would be to put a higher priority on their customers’ health instead of a monetary gain. As a leader, I would reach out to shareholders and investors who have a concern for investing and promoting menu items that are not processed which would benefit human health and the environment.
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