Nick Cortez

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Nick Cortez
Posted almost 2 years ago
Why is it OK for corporations to outsource work to countries that violate the corporation's home country labor laws?
This is a great and complex question. It ties to economic theory and application as well as business ethics and morality. Businesses exist for the purpose of profit. If not for that purpose (though not this purpose alone), most businesses would not exist. People tend to demonize executives in businesses as greedy thieves that steal from the poor to enrich themselves. But they too, are people. On a day to day basis, these people are asked by the owners of their companies (now in corporations, shareholders are typically nameless, large groups of people) to build their product cheaper and to sell more of it to maximize profits for the owners of the company. On the face of it, if someone asked you the quesiton, which of the following options would you choose: A) pay $6 for a widget B) pay $5 for the same widget Most people would choose B. I personally believe that businesses (people) have an obligation to understand that those are not your only 2 options. And just as importantly, that isn't enough information to know which of the 2 you should pick. It is easy to look at the question and just choose B, but until we hold people accountable for understanding the ramifications of that choice, there will not be major change. This does require a lot of work, though. And time spent understanding the options further is time not spent working on the next decision or widget. Understanding the differences between your choices and intentionally choosing the choice that is better for everyone is the high road that is rarely traveled, and we've never agreed that we would hold poeple legally accountable to. A book (or several) could be written on this topic and its undertones and implications. I do sincerely hope for positive conversation on this topic.