In close, we will touch upon the actions taken by these stakeholders to address the issues sweatshops have created. 1.2.1The ethical issues When it comes to sweatshops, many ethical issues arise. To give a brief overview on what sweatshops is again, one source defines them as “’a business that regularly violates wage, child labor, safety or health laws designed to protect employees from exploitation’” (Redden & Beyer). These factories, or workshops, are usually producing products for companies in the United States and other high cost countries, but more often than not are found in countries such as China, Bangladesh and Vietnam and Cambodia. This is due to the fact that companies are able to produce much larger quantities of products
Economic disaster will result if outsourcing continues on the same path with minimal regulations. Old practices need to be addressed and the government needs to step up for more strict regulations. While cheap products and labor for the U.S. companies may be a positive, one must take in perspective the negatives of unsafe working conditions because of inhumane overseas labor. According to Kristof and WuDunn, "Some managers are brutal in the way they house workers in firetraps, expose children to dangerous chemicals, deny bathroom breaks, demand sexual favors, force people to work double shifts or dismiss anyone who tries to organize a union."(1... ... middle of paper ... ...d bring the pollution down and protect the enviroment.
Workers should be entitled to increased wages, normal working conditions, and be given worker rights. They should not have to work as much and be assured of their safety. Numerous people want to dismantle sweatshops altogether, but I think that countries will return to their deprived state without them due to the nonexistence of jobs. I think a solution is to somehow stop big companies from being so dependent on sweatshops, possibly by boycotting. I do agree that sweatshops are a big problem and something should be done to stop the horrible conditions.
With little ventilations, heat, and stuffy some factory operators require their employees to work in bad working orders. In my opinion I feel that they are often unaware of their own rights, but have no choice but to continue to work because sweatshop managers threaten to punish them for insubordination. Now labor and human rights activists have been successful at raising public awareness regarding labor practices in both America and off-shore manufacturing facilities. Organizations such as Human Rights Watch, United Students Against Sweatshops, the National Labor Coalition, Sweatshop Watch, and the Interfaith Center of Corporate Responsibility have accused multinational enterprises (MNEs), like Nike, Wal-Mart, Disney, and others of the pernicious exploitation of workers (Arnold and Bowie 221). German philosopher Immanuel Kant said, " Act so that you treat humanity, whether in your own ... ... middle of paper ... ...e their product.
Impacts of WTO on Trading Countries International trading has had its delays and road blocks, which has created a number of problems for countries around the world. Countries, fighting with one another to get the better deal, create tariffs and taxes to maximize their profit. This fighting leads to bad relationships with competing countries, and the little producing countries get the short end of this stick. Regulations and organizations have been established to help everyone get the best deal, such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), but not everyone wants help, especially from an organization that seems to help only the big countries and those they want to trade with. This paper will be discussing international trading with emphasis on national sovereignty, the World Trade Organization, and how the WTO impacts trading countries.
Many of these restrictions have been put in place to make sure there is a proper balance between workers and employers. Economic liberalization upsets this balance by creating a different sort of asymmetry. Employers can move abroad, but employees cannot. Economic liberalization generates an inequality in bargaining power between the employees and employers. At the same time, liberalization exerts downward pressure on the wages of under skilled workers in developing countries, which weakens social safety nets.
Aggregate households and the state together at various stages spend huge sums of money treating smoke-induced ailments more than what the business uses to produce the goods and services. Other reasons for failure are disinformation, which spurs the use of poor goods that are deliberately mass-produced. This is to the disfavor of better goods that favored by consumers. This under production means the market largely has poor choices of goods of value yet teems with poor ones. This production of goods and services that consumers do not need is misplacement of resources, which could have catered for the various demands in the market.
Though it is not easy to control a country’s economy, best way would be to improvise commercial activities when altercations occur to avoid losses and bankruptcy. Trend is another external factor that affected commerci... ... middle of paper ... ...aintaining customers is a heavy duty that cuts across all integrated functions related to advertising and customer satisfaction. A business should be willing to face the harsh environment of the global economy, competition, technological trends and rivalry in order to survive the tactics and dynamics of the current business environment. Structures to satisfy and retain customers are also essential as it dictates the level of revenue of the company and the capacity of it to own and retain customers nationally and internationally. Yahoo has to realize the need to come back to the market and face its ‘giants’ through implementation of things like restructuring the organization.
Although proponents of sweatshops say that consumer demand for the lowest prices controls worker wages and conditions, they are just fooling themselves. If they want to talk about it economically, cheap labor actually debilitates the economy by driving wages down and f... ... middle of paper ... ...eatshop abuses in California. This bill imposed a "wage guarantee" which provided workers minimum wage and overtime, it also, "Establishes successor employer liability so that garment factories cannot shut down and reopen under a different name to avoid paying the wages of its former employees ("USA" 2)." Lastly, it allows garment workers employed by non registered contractors to take them to court over lost wages, damages and penalties. When one considers the injustice the sweatshop worker deals with at the hands of corporate America, one cannot wonder how such actions are allowed.
Exploitation in Sweatshops U.S. companies hoping to lower costs and increase production is resulting in exploitation of laborers, in factories around the world, who are working for extremely low pay and in substandard conditions. Factories that fail to offer their employees fair working conditions, living wages, and those that utilize child labor can be considered sweatshops. There are differing opinions about who should be held responsible for the conditions in these factories and also what should be done about the factories identified as sweatshops. But, there does seem to be an overall consensus that, as a human rights issue, some sort of change needs to be made to ensure the safety and welfare of these workers. Sweatshops Many companies outsource their manufacturing to other countries where they are able to find factories offering cheaper labor.