Posted by Jayme Blaschke University News Service June 3, 2014
graduate students from Texas State brought home two first place
trophies from the International Business Ethics Case Competition held
May 7-9 in Tucson, Ariz.
The Texas State team of Shanna Shultz,
Alejandro David Tamez and Coleen Watson bested teams from England,
Canada, France, Hungary, Spain and the U.S. to win both the 30-minute
and 10-minute presentation at the graduate level on the topic "Is That
Blood on Your Shirt? Exploitation in Garment Manufacturing."
International Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC) is the oldest
and most recognized intercollegiate business ethics competition. The
event is held in conjunction with the Ethics and Compliance Officer
Association’s (ECOA) annual sponsoring partner leadership forum.
team selects a topic from any area of business ethics and prepares a
presentation describing the problem and proposing a solution. Judges
listen to the team’s presentation, question students and then give the
team feedback. Presentations cover the legal, financial and ethical
dimensions of the case, but special emphasis is placed on the strength
of the ethical analysis of the problem and the ethical acceptability of
The Texas State team constructed a hypothetical
situation in which they served as ethical consultants to GAP Inc.
concerning the tragic events that occurred at the Rana Plaza, a GAP
vendor, where more than 1,000 people were killed in a building collapse
in April of last year. Using what they termed the "golden rule
standard," they argued that GAP has an ethical obligation to sign the
accord on fire and building safety in Bangladesh as a step toward
expanding its value framework toward a sustainable capitalism that
recognizes human rights and advances the common good while
simultaneously meeting the demands of a profit-driven business.
is in the masters program in communication studies, and both Tamez and
Watson are philosophy students in the master of applied philosophy and
ethics program. Team advisor is Jo Ann Carson.