If these employees didn't follow orders, they'd be fired and replaced with employees who do. If a company fails to take actions that result in a higher bottom line, they may eventually fail altogether and be replaced by a company that does. The true root of this problem is capitalism, as it creates a survival-of-the-fittest scenario where the only measure of fitness is wealth. Obviously socialism and communism have their problems too. In my view, only socially-regulated capitalism can save us (too bad we don't have Bernie).