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Case Code : BECG045 For delivery in electronic format: Rs. 500 ;
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Environmental Disaster, Social Responsibility
Case Length : 17 Pages
Period : 1989-2004
Pub. Date : 2005
Teaching Note : Not Available
Organization : Exxon
Industry : Petroleum
Countries : US


The case describes the Exxon Valdez oil spill, one of the worst ever environmental damage caused by an industrial disaster. In March 1989, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez, owned by Exxon, a leading oil exploration and production company in the world, spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil in the Prince William Sound in Alaskan region that caused major ecological and financial damage to the people of the region. The case examines the response of Exxon to deal with the disaster and the compensation paid by the company to the victims. Though Exxon claims that it had acted responsibly and had spent around $3 bn to clean the region and as damages to the victims, the largest sum paid by any corporate to mitigate the environmental damage, environmentalists believe that the company must pay more.

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The case highlights the ethical issues involving the disaster and examines the response of ExxonMobil to deal with it.


Understand the factors that led to the Exxon Valdez spill

Analyze the responsibilities of Exxon in the event of the spill

Discuss the approach adopted by Exxon to resolve the crisis

Examine the action taken by Exxon and determine whether it was sufficient enough or not

Examine the damage done to the ecosystem of Prince William Sound and discuss whether Exxon had acted responsibly in dealing with the disaster


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Introduction 1
The Accident 2
The Causes 3
The Rescue Efforts 5
The Damage Done 6
The Aftermath 7
Exhibits 9


Case, Exxon Valdez, Environmental Damage, Industrial Disaster, Corporate Crisis, Crisis Management, Corporate Communication, Oil Pollution Act and Social Responsibility

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