That's a nice sweater you're wearing, do you know where it's made?

by stargirl_14 on February 9, 2015 - 2:41pm

In the business world, it’s a dog eat dog world. Where big corporations ultimate goal is to make the most amount of profit with little to no expense. Having factories in developed countries would cost them a lot more money because of high labour costs and stricter laws and regulations to follow.    Therefore, companies take advantage of low wages and outsource their productions to third world and developing countries where it would be inexpensive to produce.

Using the Teleological framework to explain the moral dilemma of worker exploitation in third world countries.  Big corporations outsource their labour work to developing countries for cheaper wages and to expand their work force. Their end goal is to have the best prices on the market, which would cater to the majority of the population of potential customers to purchase and to repurchase their products. The cheaper the prices the more accessible it is to the general population.  For the western world to be able to purchase these goods at a fair price would be at the expense of hard working people. These workers work in the worst conditions from being in the factories for extensive amount of time per week to working in an unsafe building that doesn’t meet regulations.  These conditions can cause long-term health issues.  Even to a point where it was so unsafe that factory workers died because of buildings collapsing on them during work. Putting thousands of innocent lives at risk each day just to save a few dollars on a product. 


The solution to resolving the problem of worker exploitation is to educate the world about the working conditions they are put through in third world countries. Having developed countries like United States, Canada and others come together to promote human rights and take a stand against worker exploitation. Educating the world about the injustice that is happening to workers.   Each country can set up stricter rules and consequences for large firms and companies to follow when outsourcing their production. Setting up multiple foundations to help those families who have been greatly affected by the poor working conditions and have lost a love one in the process.  Starting with Multi-million-dollar Corporation who has the ability to spend money on improving the conditions and to raise wages.  With these improvements, factory workers wouldn’t have to work such long shifts each week. Each country can have their own method in helping stop worker exploitation. As longs as they have the same goal in the end, doesn’t matter which route they take to get there.   This will help shorten the huge gap between the rich and the poor, which will be beneficial for the majority of the world.  This would bring the world closer to the end result of world happiness and decrease human suffering. 


As you have said, we often are unaware of where our products such as sweaters are made, which is important to know and be aware that it may not be 'done' the right way. Although it is important to also know how it has been made. Was it made with poisonous products, or animal skin that contains diseases? Here is an article that I wrote about banning fur factory. It may help you to see other perspective other than where it is made.

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