Etch – a – Sketch Ethics

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Bing Liu 991144491 Written Report Case: Etch – A – Sketch Ethics 1. Was it ethical of the Ohio Art Company to move production to China? What were the economic and social costs and benefits of this decision? What would have happened if production had not been moved? The term ethics refers to accepted principals of right or wrong that govern the conduct of a person, the members of a profession, or the actions of an organization. Here, it refers to action of the Ohio Art Company. It was ethical of the Ohio Art Company to move production to China. The company had a glorious time that it was a top-selling toys since 1960, but in late 1990s, it confronted a trouble time that the toy sales were lagged because the higher labor cost and…show more content…
It was the Ohio Art Company would not be acting ethically from an employment practices or legal aspect if it kept production with Kin Ki. 3. Is it possible, as Killgallon claims, that the Ohio Art Company had no knowledge of labor problems at Kin Ki? Do you think company executives had any knowledge of the working conditions? It was impossible that the Ohio Art Company had no knowledge of the labor problems at Kin Ki. Firstly, before they decided to do business with Kin Ki, the Ohio Art Company must have taken an investigation about all aspects of the company they would do business with, the Ohio Art Company must have known the labor problem at Kin Ki, however, they want to keep lowing the cost, they might choose to ignore the problem. Second, because of the strikes that took place in 2003 before the article was written in The New York Times. This should have come to the attention of executives at the Ohio Art Company since they have production at Kin Ki. This should have been a red flag to check out the working conditions and possibly intervene. 4. What steps can executives at the Ohio Art Company take to make sure they do not find the company profiled in The New York Times again as an enterprise that benefits from sweatshop labor? The Ohio Art Company must take certain steps to ensure this type of scandal does not happen again. First, determine whether to keep doing business with Kin Ki, if yes, build a contract with Kin Ki to make

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