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Title: Common ground: An environmental ethic for Los Alamos National Laboratory

Three predominant philosophies have characterized American business ethical thinking over the past several decades. The first phase is the ethics of self-interest'' which argues that maximizing self-interest coincidentally maximizes the common good. The second phase is legality ethics.'' Proponents argue that what is important is knowing the rules and following them scrupulously. The third phase might be called stake-holder ethics.'' A central tenant is that everyone affected by a decision has a moral hold on the decision maker. This paper will discuss one recent initiative of the Los Alamos National Laboratory to move beyond rules and regulations toward an environmental ethic that integrates the values of stakeholder ethics'' into the Laboratory's historical culture and value systems. These Common Ground Principles are described. 11 refs.
Authors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5001860
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-91-3111; CONF-9109274--2
ON: DE92002513
DOE Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-36
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: ECM 91 congress, Santa Fe, NM (United States), 18-20 Sep 1991
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
DOE; USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; LOS ALAMOS; ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY; ETHICAL ASPECTS; ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; MANAGEMENT; PLANNING; PUBLIC OPINION; DEVELOPED COUNTRIES; FEDERAL REGION VI; NEW MEXICO; NORTH AMERICA; USA 990100* -- Management