For many multinational companies and government agencies in the United States, a common assumption that states that what is dictated to be right in one country must not always be right in another country is made. Similarly, it is assumed that something that is not appropriate in the U.S could prove very useful and helpful in a third world country. It may have been determined by the U.S. that in all the cases of dumping those products proved to be harmful in this country, the benefits are more than the risks. However, this is not always the case (Dowie, 2015).
The dumping of products proved harmful in the U.S such that these products ended up being used in the third world countries is not ethical. As a matter of fact, a country’s moral ideals are determined by the people living in that particular country. Therefore, the U.S. has no ground to pass any judgment regarding the ideals of another country. As an illustration, the Tris pajamas cannot be regarded as being morally ethical in the U.S since they kill. The same thing may be viewed differently in another country.
The question of dumping of products rendered to be harmful in the Third World countries causes confusion regarding the morally upright ways of conducting business, especially with the current existing U.S regulations. Those promoting the ideas and activities of dumping these products such as the Tris pajamas into the hands of poor and ignorant Third World citizens have defended their actions. One of the arguments has been that the poor people would not have had such clothing and that without the pajamas; these people would still be exposed to even greater safety and health hazards. My feeling is that the companies understand very well that their motives are simply to make profits and not to help the Third World citizens. Their argument is simply an effort to justify their selfish and unethical practice.
The involvement of A. H. Robins Co. that manufactured Dalkon Shield device with the Office of Population in the U. S. AID which eventually resulted in the product being exported to the developing countries to help in population control is not ethical.