STEWARDSHIP + ETHICS
When it comes to business of any type, or most aspects of life for that matter, ethics should always be employed. To remain ethical while preserving ones interests can be challenging at times, but it is important to maintain a good ethical standing and consider all sides of a situation. Stewardship falls hand-in-hand with the maintenance and supervision of tasks, people, and property within in the development world. The MLPD program, and Texas A&M University at large, sets students up to have these tools in mind when entering the workforce by instilling an understanding of these values throughout the courses found in the degree. Many classes are centered around projects that aid in the teaching of stewardship and ethics by providing real-life situations in which these skills would be put into practice. On many occasions, students are required to sign non-disclosure agreements as they are often dealing with materials that are ascertained from actual projects in the non-academic world. By allowing students to take on this type of responsibility, the program allows for the correct mindset when approaching situations of this type.
To understand these principles on a higher level, the book Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough attempts to inform readers of their responsibility when it comes to stewardship of the land and environment in which they reside. The book goes into great detail about the human impact and the methods that can be utilized make that impact positive. The full analysis of the work is attached below.