The resignation of Volkswagen’s CEO further illustrates how difficult it is to run an organization from an ethical perspective. With a multinational company as large as Volkswagen, it is inherently tough to keep an eye on every single aspect of the business. It is, therefore, impossible that a senior Volkswagen executive could have known everything about the engine emissions testing process. But should it mean that the company gets a free pass? No. Just because a company is large and has thousands of employees does not mean there is an excuse when integrity issues arise. There is no doubt that identifying issues becomes more difficult as a company gets larger, but this just means those companies need to do more to counteract the risk.
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