I believe that American business should do everything in their power to ensure that they are not participating in or funding sweatshops or child labor. I personally do not want to wear clothing that was made by a child elsewhere in the world. I would much rather pay a little more money and have it made by an American peer.
American businesses should pay more attention to sweatshops and child labor, in filling their contracts. It is not legal to do this here, in the U.S., and it should not be legal to do so abroad. Trying to cut corners is hurting, rather than helping, humans, in general. It is awful to think of all the products we use that are being made by children or in sweatshops.
Yes, I agree that American businesses should be more careful about making sure sweatshops and child labor are not used to fill manufacturing contracts. The U.S. has the power to change and influence companies that employ child labor to stop using this method, if they want to be successful. This also gives children in these countries a chance to get an education.
American businesses should be careful about making sure their manufacturing is done in an ethical way. Especially in these days when we expect businesses to be somewhat transparent. Manufacturing in these places may be cheaper, but they have a moral obligation to be certain their workers are being treated fairly and well.
While we may not see it first hand, child labor and sweatshops are rampant all over the world. United States businesses should be very careful not to associate and allow these practices to be used in their business. It is only encouraging it if they associate with these practices. Sure, these may allow for a cheaper price, but for who? Not the people suffering, that's for sure.
Big business spends too much time concentrating on the bottom line, and not nearly enough time focusing on how that bottom line is achieved. Their argument is that cheap labor creates an affordable product. Pay cuts and smaller bonuses for those in the top echelon also would create the same thing. If companies were to advertise a picture of the living quarters of a board member and a third world factory employee, side by side, along with how much each one makes in a year, they would lose unimaginable amounts of customers. They know this, which means they also know that the practice of child labor and sweatshops is also wrong.
The United States prides itself on being the world police--of righting injustices everywhere and making sure human beings basic rights are not violated. We go to war to ensure these ideals. It would be irresponsible for American businesses not to be absolutely sure that their contracts are not being filled through the use of sweat shops and child labor. Otherwise we're just a bunch of self righteous hypocrites.
While I do not condone child labor, you need to realistically decide if this will help or hurt them more. By taking away the business that Americans are giving them, you are only hurting them economically. Something that should be considered would be to have a contract be signed by both countries, forming international child labor laws, and if such laws are violated, they will be cut off from not only American businesses, but UK, France, Italy or any other nation. This would have much more of an impact.
There are many people in other countries that are taken advantage of every day by businesses that want to save a few dollars. It is not fair for them to violate someone's basic rights in order to capitalize. Businesses need to own up to their mistakes when they are caught doing this and not feign ignorance.
Many Americans would rather avoid buying goods that are produced in sweatshops. However, most of the time it is hard, if not impossible, for the end user to know how an item was made. Therefore companies have a responsibility to, at the very least, ensure customers can make an informed choice on the matter.
The products made by exploitative factories sell for much cheaper in the U.S. than their responsibly produced counterparts, as manufacturers can still profit from lower prices. Enter the lower class in the U.S., which is highly dependent upon incredibly cheap products. In the absence of these goods, the lower classes may struggle even more to afford basic goods such as clothing. As such, given the lose-lose nature of the situation, our primary obligation to our own citizens, that unfair low wages still do feed families, and that exploitative labour is often an unfortunate stepping stone towards a developed market, we should not aggressively refuse business from exploitative foreign manufacturers.
You could take a look at any country, and find that globalization and outsourcing are enormously beneficial to their economy. If you take a look at the American and British Industrial Revolutions, you will find the same staggering situations that plague those who work in sweatshops. Boycotts of these brands does nothing but hurt the economies of these developing countries. It delays the time in which they will be paid decent wages.
Most businesses that would fall into this type of debate question would be high profit ones. So most of these businesses are probably overseas. For this reason, it would be very cost inefficient to have to fly overseas all the time to make sure the employee records are correct. If this was the case, then we could just keep the business in America and give us the jobs.