Labor Practices Paper – Sweatshops XXXXX PHL 320 March 30, 2015 Gary Reeves

Labor Practices Paper –
PHL 320
March 30, 2015
Gary Reeves


In several countries across the world,
individuals are being misused and mistreated on a regular basis by sweatshops
and the people that run them. A sweatshop is a word used to define an operating
atmosphere, generally factories producing textile products that are considered
hazardous because of poor operating environments. It has been discovered that employees
that work at sweatshops often experience metal, physical, and sexual abuse,
they work extensively long hours with being unable to leave, without health
care benefits while earning inadequate wages. These sweatshops are also found
to employ women and children, as they are easier to manipulate. This ethical
issue over sweatshops is a perplexing and long going corporate responsibility
topic, among the business world. Corporations are confronted with the ethical
problem of obtaining the lowest prices from sellers so they can provide low-priced
goods to their consumers while withstanding ethical standards and maintaining a
great public image. Is it ethical for businesses to benefit from employees that
work in hazardous and undesirable conditions for little pay and long hours?

It is of my conviction that corporations should
not merely prioritize the number of their profits but also have a
responsibility to humanity to perform in a socially responsible manner.
Corporate social responsibility processes can be favorable to the brand image
of a corporation so being socially responsible does not have to work against
the business’s commitment to its shareholders; by changing a “triple bottom
line” and contemplating the corporation’s economic, social, and

environmental impact, an organization could
successfully generate social benefits but it could also boost the company’s
public persona. Organizations can change how they do business while still performing
well with planning and some proper actions based on ethically made decisions.
Mistreatment and neglect in sweatshops is a
problem that has to be addressed.
There has to be a balancing act, a way to better
the environments for workers in clothing factories, in underdeveloped countries
while maintaining low costs adequately enough that companies will continue to
send jobs there, the greatest resolution could be unearthed. I have hopes that
some of the largest multinational retailers will step up ethically and work
towards a change. The people working in these sweatshops need jobs to care for
their families and make a living but they need to have conditions that are safe
and managers that respect them and what they do. They should be protected and
not neglected and used for profit from corporations both large and small.
As long as sweatshops exist there will be
controversy on if they are good or bad, right or wrong and as long as people
continue to purchase the clothing made in these environments they will continue
to exist. Not only should corporate business take a stand and make a change but
if society and the common person is against sweatshops they need to do their
research and not purchase the products made in these types of factories.

Butler, F. E. (2001, Apr 09). Sweatshops.
National Post Retrieved from

Snyder, J. (2010). Exploitation and Sweatshop
Labor: Perspectives and Issues. Business Ethics
Quarterly, 20(2), 187-213.

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