Sweatshops Have Been Scrutinized Around The World Essay

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“Sweatshops are work environments that possess three major characteristics: long hours, low pay, and unsafe or unhealthy working conditions” (Childress, 2014). Sweatshops have been scrutinized around the world and have been around for a very long time. For a period of time it was called slavery because even some skilled slaves earned some money. Sweatshops are still thriving, even in today’s global economy. It is the corporations, stakeholders, and a global responsibility to ensure sweatshops go away forever, but is it possible? Toyota was accused of such practices back in 2002 and today claim that they no longer practice voluntary overtime. Corporations have a responsibility to the stakeholders. Their primary stakeholders are the…show more content…
As a solid business, Toyota should have realized they needed to hire more people to work, not force the current employees to work more. If Toyota would have done this, they would have not only championed new world thinking, but also would have created more jobs to hire more people thus helping lower unemployment in those countries. Corporations need to be held accountable for making sure they do not operate sweatshops. With such high demand for lower and lower prices, companies are scrambling to try and beat out their competition. With this demand, companies appear to be trying their ethics practices. Toyota was no different, they were trying to keep the price of their vehicles down so that customers in the United States would purchase them over domestic and other international brands. To achieve this they were using the excuse of voluntary overtime, which was not actually voluntary. Because the employees needed jobs, they worked all the hours without getting paid extra. Part of the problem was cultural. Japanese believe they are part of the organization and will do whatever is needed to not lose face for them or the company. Also, Japan has a medium power index, indicating that people will not usually question a manager; they will do what they are told (Beamer/Varner, 2010). Toyota needs to understand moral relativism, that all cultures have valid principles. No one rule can apply everyone working in an organization, especially large corporations.
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