What Is Your Opinion?
Jack Wilson, safety director for Vitacom, Inc. is facing a dilemma. His employer is seeking registration as an ISO 14000 company. Internal assessments and trial audits show that the company is ready and will probably pass the registration audit with flying colors. If so, Vitacom will be able to double its business in just two years. A European company is looking for a partner in the United States. Vitacom wants to be that partner, but ISO 14000 registration is a prerequisite. Vitacom looks good on paper, but Wilson knows of a least two serious environmental problems that the company is covering up rather than correcting. Vitacom’s Environmental Management Plan, required by ISO 14000, shows that the environmental problems have been corrected. They haven’t. Worse yet, Wilson has been warned to say or do nothing that may jeopardize Vitacom’s 14000 registration. On the other hand, if the environmental problems in question are not corrected soon, the community’s water supply could be contaminated in the future. What should Wilson do?