The Unethical Dilemma Of Nike : Ethical Behaviors

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Why would most organizations that engage in sweatshops justify these unethical behaviours by arguing that they are helping the poor people or the underdeveloped nations? Maybe sweatshops and child are not seen as the products of greed on the part of business tycoons, since governments, society and the individuals who are directly or indirectly involved in it tactically encouraged it. Similarly, looking at this argument from the classic utilitarian perspective on these premises: against labor practices; that sweatshops create more harm than good and at the same time support the motion; that, if the majority derives pleasure and joy, the pain or harm to the minority can be overlooked and is acceptable (Tara & Martin, 2006). According to Bartley and Child (2011), these unethical practices are mainly common with the textile, apparel and the shoes manufacturers, and Nike’s corporation happens to be the one mostly talked about in this area. According to virtue ethics, we are encouraged to focus on the mean between extremes, but it is very clear that sweatshops and child labor are extremes. It therefore, directs our thinking towards the impact on those minority that are being exploited by these organizations who are engaged in the acts and these acts must be totally eradicated by taking certain ethical decisions and influences (Tara & Martin, 2006). This study will be using the different ethical frameworks to analyze the key ethical dilemma of Nike Inc. Key Ethical Issues

The working conditions in Nike factories overseas were far below the standards accepted in the developed world. Though these standards of living were normal and acceptable in those countries, the disparity between the developed countries and the underdeveloped countries stresses Nike’s responsibility towards its employees. Substantial long working hours and overtime were the norm by Nike employees who are anxious to remain employed. In some locations, Nike factory laborers worked for seventeen hours in silence. Workers were not allowed to use the bathroom more than once in an 8-hour shift and they were not allowed to drink water more than twice per shift; this is sheer wickedness and inhumane (Watch, 1997).
Nike outsourced their

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