Greyston Bakery Responsibility Porject
March 17, 2014
Greyston Bakery Responsibility Project
Ethical principles shape and define an organization's values. These principles also help decide actions and directions when an organization is faced with organizational issues. Behavior in the workplace is controlled and affected by the ethical decisions of upper management. The management sets the guidelines for what is appropriate and inappropriate in the workplace. These actions and decisions radiate outward from the organization to society and the communities that surround the business. Unethical decisions and actions can cost an organization (Trevino & Nelson, 2011). This paper will talk about ethical issues and how one business changed the community it is part of; the paper addresses how the issues of the community are the issues of organizations.
Summary of the Film
From the website “The Responsibility Project” by Liberty Mutual Insurance, the film “Greyston Bakery” focuses on what one organization is doing for its surrounding communities. Greyston Bakery follows a philosophy set in place 30 years ago by the founder Zen Master Bernie Glassman. Bernie Glassman believed that employment was the way out of poverty and helped people become self-sufficient. Greyston Bakery follow the PathMaking philosophy and program, helping turn community members into self-sufficient members of society. The film “Greyston Bakery” begins by questioning how good a brownie can be, but not by the ingredients and recipe, but what goes on behind the production and the mission of the organization. The film continues on to talk about how Greyston Bakery is a social enterprise, which means it has a double bottom line instead of one. The double bottom line includes a social and profit mission, while most companies only have a profit mission. The Greyston social mission includes hiring people from the community, ones who are struggling for various...