The Cost of Conscience (Business Decisions series)


Businessmen weigh the claims of profits against conscience.

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Year Produced: 1981
Running time: 52 minutes
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An insight into the way in which businessmen weigh the claims of profits and conscience on the balance sheet when they stand to make a lot of money from a new product which, however, has certain risks attached. Eventually they must decide whether to take the product, in this hypothetical case a cosmetic product, off the market and close a factory with the subsequent loss of jobs or accept the possible risk of a life or two.
Taking part are:
Moderator Paul Sieghart
Sir Adrian Cadbury, Chairman Cadbury Schweppes
Sir Antony Part, Chairman Lucas Industries.
Tom McNally, Labour M.P.
Dame Elizabeth Ackroyd, The Consumers Association
David Taylor, M.D. Wilkinson Sword
plus a sales director, a finance director and an advertising executive.

Part of the Business Decisions Series, a series which uses a technique totally new to television to explore the legal and ethical problems that regularly beset businesses. In each of the six programmes, a panel of some of the top businessmen in Britain, is assembled. They are confronted with situations which, although hypothetical, reflect accurately the kind of dilemma which they have probably at some time had to deal with. Keeping the discussion moving at a lively pace is an experienced moderator who tricks, cajoles or browbeats the often reluctant victim into making a commitment to one course of action or another. revealing how and why some of their decisions are made.

Also in this series
A Take-Over Bid
International Sales and Bribery
Telling the Public
The Company Man

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