Globalization has been a benefit to many companies looking to reduce costs. Many of these companies move production to places that have less cost of manufacturing. We have also benefit from this by being able to shop at reduce costs. Wish.com is an internet shopping tool that sells many items at extremely low costs. Have you ever considered the effects of shopping with them? Are we unethical by shopping from companies that use factories in China that have unethical practices?
China reports that factory workers are working over 11 hours a day with less than 60 minutes break for lunch. Practices which violate labor laws in the US and in China. Workers are paid wages that are too low to live on. Chinese women work mainly in the factories under male managers. Forced to always obey the male figure.
Many companies adhere to ethical codes that are international. These codes are in place to protect the outcome of their actions towards society. The APA and Canadian Code of Ethics are two that are very similar and take into consideration all aspects ethical practices in a company. China’s factories that provide the increased demands for these products are not functioning under these code of ethics and violating many other ethical practices. Ethical practices like safety of employees and social responsibilities.
Globalization is a connection between countries that has allowed us to benefit from better communication, lower costs of products and access to a wider market. Globalization under the unethical practices of these factories is a responsibility of not only the company that provides the products but of the consumers that purchase them.
War on Want: Sweatshops in China, Taken from, http://www.waronwant.org/sweatshops-china
New York Times, 2008: In Chinese Factories, Lost Fingers and Low Pay, Taken from http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/05/business/worldbusiness/05sweatshop.html