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Please respond to the discussion below. As always, your responses should be well-written, free of spelling or grammatical errors, properly edited, contain appropriate references for any works cited in your post, and should contain both facts of the case and your own thoughts relating to the matter and your answers to the questions.Could be between 500 to 750 words .==================

International management consulting firm Burns & McCallister is listed by Working Mother magazine as one of the top fifty firms in the United States for employment of working mothers and by Working Woman magazine as one of the top ten firms for women.

The firm has earned this reputation for several reasons. First, nearly 50% of its partners are women. Second, it has a menu of employee benefits that includes such things as flex hours, sabbaticals, family leave, home-based work, and part-time partner-track positions.

However, B&M has been the subject of a series of reports by both the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times that scrutinize its policy on female executives in certain nations. B&M has learned, through its years of consulting experience, that certain countries in which it negotiates for contracts prohibit the use of women in the negotiation process. The cultures of many of these countries do not permit women to speak in a meeting that includes men. Consequently, B&M has implemented a policy prohibiting women partners from being assigned these potential account negotiations and later the accounts themselves. Clerical help in the offices can be female, but any contact with clients must be through a male partner or account executive.

In response to criticism from the National Organization for Women (NOW) regarding B&M’s posture, the head of the firm’s New York office has explained:

“Look, we’re about as progressive a firm as you’ll find. But the reality of international business is that if we try to use women in certain cultures, we can’t get the job. It’s not a policy on all foreign accounts. We’ve just identified certain cultures in which women will not be able to successfully land or work on accounts. This restriction does not interfere with their career track. It does not apply to all countries.”

The National Organization for Women (NOW) would like B&M to apply the standards that it employs in the United States to all its operations worldwide. A spokesperson from NOW stated: “No restrictions are placed on women by B&M here in the US, other cultures should adapt to our standards; we should not change our standards to adapt to their culture. NOW maintains that without such a posture, worldwide change in attitudes about a woman’s position in society can never come about.

Question:

The CEO of B&M has asked you to make a recommendation about what the company’s ethics should be in this situation. What position should B&M take?

(Question and example taken from Chegg Study.)