Description: In late June 2004, a plant manager for one of Tyson FoodsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ poultry processing plants in Mexico sent a memo to company headquarters in Springdale, Ark.: two women who Ã¢â‚¬Å“most definitely do not work for Tyson Foods in MexicoÃ¢â‚¬Â each were paid 30,700 pesos, or about $2,700, a month and had been for years. Tyson is one of the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s largest producers of poultry, pork and beef products, a ubiquitous presence in American supermarkets that has been trying to increase foreign sales. The memo set off an ethics scandal that reached into TysonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s executive suite and raises questions about who, if anyone, is being held accountable for high-level corporate crime.
Questions for discussion:
- What would have done to handle this situation had you been the top decision-maker at the firm?
- Do you think government regulatory officials have handled this issue correctly?