Ethical Critiques of Business Practices

This public speaking contest features students engaging in spoken critiques of specific contemporary business practices. For instance, one speaker might offer a critique of the airline industry’s practice of purposefully and knowingly overbooking flights, a second speaker might address the oil and gas industry’s use of overland pipelines, a third speaker might consider the bottled water industry’s habit of offering free water to communities after natural disasters, a fourth speaker might wrestle with the pharmaceutical industry’s method of setting prices on drugs crucial to the treatment of a specific life-threatening disease (e.g., HIV-AIDS), and a fifth speaker might engage social media’s monitoring (or non-monitoring) of hate speech online. Each speaker is required to investigate and justify an appropriate ethical standard, apply that standard fairly to the business practice in question, research the questions raised in a detached and deeply informed manner, and reach a considered judgment.