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Whistle Blowing - Real Life Example Explained

Choose one of the following three scenarios:

A real life example of whistleblowing with which you are personally familiar.

A case of whistleblowing you know about from a text or other source.

Once you have selected your scenario:

Explain whether you did, or would, feel pressure not to report what you know. Explain why this is so.

Explain what ultimately you did, what was done, or what you would do in the example you choose.

Describe whether codes of ethics, like those in schools or the military that require reporting of unethical behavior, would influence your decision.

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In 2001, while working for a major food manufacturing company as a product specialist, I was directly linked to the sales division as a consultant for new products being launched in the marketplace. In this role, it was common practice to conduct business travel and meet customers or potential customers to try and persuade them to invest in various products. It was at first a fun and exciting position that offered autonomy and the ability to travel and have exciting opportunities. However, after serving in the role for only a short time, it quickly became apparent to me that under the direction of the head Sales Manager, there were some very shady activities taking place.

I began to observe many "perks" being offered to salesman by customers who were working to obtain specific sales contracts or other various pricing options. These perks ranged from free family vacations to expensive and lavish dinners and in some cases monetary payments through "gift cards". Knowing that I was in a great position and making a salary I never thought ...

Solution Summary

A representative written example of a real life whistle blowing scenario with explanations to help draw conclusions from.