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Abbott and the AIDS Crisis (C): What Lies Ahead?
Werhane, Patricia H.; Mead, Jenny Case E-0313 / Published February 29, 2008 / 3 pages.
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The partnership between Abbott and the government of Tanzania continued to flourish. As a demonstration of Abbott's long-term commitment to Tanzania, in 2007, the Abbott Fund opened its first office outside Abbott headquarters in Illinois. The new office in Dar es Salaam, led by Divisional Vice President Christy Wistar, oversaw the expanding number of philanthropic projects in Tanzania. In June 2007, Abbott CEO Miles White returned to Tanzania for the third time and announced the Abbott Fund's future plans to modernize the 23 regional laboratories across Tanzania. By the end of 2007, the Abbott Fund had invested more than $50 million in Tanzania alone, strengthening and modernizing the health care infrastructure and systems countrywide. The Abbott Fund planned to continue its support of numerous programs and organizations that were working to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS and deliver effective care and treatment to HIV-infected patients. The Abbott Fund also supported programs that provided for the basic needs of orphans and vulnerable children in Tanzania and elsewhere in Africa and India.


Learning Objectives

1. Consider how values apply to management decisions, particularly in the shifting context of the global marketplace. 2. Identify ways a company's strategy, mission, and values may be relevant to ethics decisions both short- and long-term. 3. Increase students' awareness of the interaction between a company's business operations and its philanthropic arm. 4. Learn more about conflicting stakeholder expectations, values, and demands and how to prioritize among them. 5. Understand the policy and ethical issues involved in a business relationship between developed and developing countries. 6. Demonstrate the precautions a business could take when conducting operations in developing countries.

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    The partnership between Abbott and the government of Tanzania continued to flourish. As a demonstration of Abbott's long-term commitment to Tanzania, in 2007, the Abbott Fund opened its first office outside Abbott headquarters in Illinois. The new office in Dar es Salaam, led by Divisional Vice President Christy Wistar, oversaw the expanding number of philanthropic projects in Tanzania. In June 2007, Abbott CEO Miles White returned to Tanzania for the third time and announced the Abbott Fund's future plans to modernize the 23 regional laboratories across Tanzania. By the end of 2007, the Abbott Fund had invested more than $50 million in Tanzania alone, strengthening and modernizing the health care infrastructure and systems countrywide. The Abbott Fund planned to continue its support of numerous programs and organizations that were working to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS and deliver effective care and treatment to HIV-infected patients. The Abbott Fund also supported programs that provided for the basic needs of orphans and vulnerable children in Tanzania and elsewhere in Africa and India.

  • Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    1. Consider how values apply to management decisions, particularly in the shifting context of the global marketplace. 2. Identify ways a company's strategy, mission, and values may be relevant to ethics decisions both short- and long-term. 3. Increase students' awareness of the interaction between a company's business operations and its philanthropic arm. 4. Learn more about conflicting stakeholder expectations, values, and demands and how to prioritize among them. 5. Understand the policy and ethical issues involved in a business relationship between developed and developing countries. 6. Demonstrate the precautions a business could take when conducting operations in developing countries.