Killing People. An Ethical Dimension?
‘There is no
acceptable number of fatalities or serious accidents and I am personally
committed to ensuring that we continue to drive improvements in safety performance.’ This was in reference to an industrial
BAE Systems is the fourth largest arms firm in the world. It exists to make weapons, the planes, ships and tanks which deliver them and the high tech equipment which coordinates their delivery. These weapons kill people when used and even when not used are, in my view, an unacceptable tax on the world’s resources.
Those who think
BAE Systems puts ‘defending British citizens’ as its top priority probably
haven’t studied the company’s actions over the last few years or looked too
closely at the forces that motivate such organisations. The emphasis at BAE is
all on expansion in the
What of the
future? ‘Over 350 employees (called ambassadors) from BAE Systems visit
schools in the
Over coffee after this year’s AGM I asked the man in charge of Corporate Responsibility if the word ‘Orwellian’ didn’t keep popping into his mind. All I got was a baffled denial. Yes I will definitely be attending the AGM again next year with a few questions to ask.