Gary Gentry- Instructor
Ford, Firestone/Bridgestone top corporate managers were convicted and found guilty of criminal negligence. A company in Decatur, IL was responsible for building defective tires that were used on Ford Explore Utility Vehicles. People were injured and in most occasions death occurred. The President and chairmen was, William C. Ford Jr., Jacques Nasser, Masatoshi Ono, and John Lampe. These men were responsible for the injuries and even went so far as to make an apology to the families of the victims that they did not mean. 6.5 million Tires were recalled back and 119 deaths and more than 500 injuries were ...view middle of the document...
The main quality that all of these men were lacking is idealized influence, which means that they should have acted as role models, and display high ethical standards (Baack, 2012).
They cared more about the money that they were making rather than the product and the safety of the customers that bought their product. The behavior displayed was a failure of leadership. Baack stated that ethics training should be a part of any companies’ leadership training programs. Leaders that are influential show their greatest qualities in a positive way, and try to pass on what they know in a positive way. It has also been stated that leadership cannot be taught, and apparently this is true because they failed to take care of their customers while they put their lives in danger (Baack, 2012).
It is unclear whether Firestone/Bridgestone had an ethics program; on the other hand Ford has a very good ethical program but failed to follow it. Their Code of Conduct Handbook specifically states that they should upheld product quality, safety and environmental matters. All employees are required to sign off on the handbook to prove that they have read it. They clearly did not follow the rules that they are supposed to standby and uphold. They allowed a product to be distributed and placed on vehicles that were not properly tested. The courses that the employees are made to take are focused on ethics and conflicts of interest (Ford Motor Company. (n.d.).
If Firestone/Bridgestone does not have an ethical program for their workers and managers after this problem then they should. Each person should be trained in every area of the company to some extent. Ford implements new training courses every year to make sure that their employees are up to date on all courses. These courses help them to increase awareness of responsibility and behavior inside and out of the company. Through legal audits the Ford Company is able to keep up with company policy and regulations (Ford Motor Company. (n.d.). Both companies should be even more involved in the safety procedures that are taken to insure the safety of...