Mr. Daisy & Apple Reaction

After listening to the podcast, I found myself feeling quite numb to the content that reached my ears. I almost felt as if I didn’t want to hear what was coming through my earbuds. I have always heard the phrase “We as America, have sold ourselves to China”, and although I don’t deny this fact; I feel that as an american, we are very disconnected from China, and to the means to why they can manufacture for so cheap.

I feel that we as a nation choose to put up a curtain in front of the truth to what is going on at these factories, and the terrible conditions that they operate in. As Daisy described these places, it almost seems like a camp, not a place of work. There is a strict schedule, long hours, and even the off time is monitored; in fact all hours of the day are monitored with cameras! These conditions are clearly not conducive to a fruitful and fulfilling career, but to one of tireless and repetitive labor. But, as long as this type of labor is available, I don’t see america being able to resist our insatiable need for lower costs.

I wanted to inquire a question.

Does our social responsibility stretch to other nations — or have we only developed this care for our own people and land?

Business today is global, and American businesses have really vetted the world for the lowest locations to manufacture. So we are able to coordinate with these factories, and then we see the COGS in our income statements decrease immensely, but as a responsible businessperson, should we questions the means of labor in these factories? Do we have a responsibility to only accept labor which meets certain labor standards? It is very easy as a person in America to turn the other cheek and choose not to ask these questions, but meanwhile we have laborers hurling themselves off buildings because of the conditions that they work in.

I believe that eventually this social responsibility for quality labor conditions will expand to overseas labor. There needs to be a certain standard that is generally accepted and expected as a global businessperson. Who knows when these standards will be spread, because the profits are great as of now, but we need to stop thinking like Milton & start thinking like Ed.


4 comments on “Mr. Daisy & Apple Reaction

  1. I agree, I think that we are seeing a shift in how we think about the responsibilities of business. I think that our generation has been handed down a definition of what business should be that many of us may not agree with. Students, as people who may one day be practitioners in the world of business, should work on defining the purpose of business for ourselves. With new awareness (that has resulted largely from connectedness via technology) I think our generation may think of different, further reaching priorities for businesses today.

  2. You asked a very relevant question, that should have an obvious answer, but in our capitalist society many would argue that our social responsibility does not stretch to other nations. Politically as a country, we generally feel that it is our responsibility to intervene in areas of crisis, for example; Vietnam and Iraq. Yet, economically many corporations assume little to no responsibility when operating overseas. The main problem being that our government has no jurisdiction overseas to create regulations, and some of the large corporations are simply profit driven.

  3. I think that you touch on the key point here by talking about our role, as Americans, in the global picture. Obviously the U.S. is one of, if not the largest, player in international trade and so it is going to have to start with us if there is going to be any real change to come in the realm of corporate responsibility. Like you, I do not feel that American businesses will feel the incentive to turn down this source of cheap labor anytime in the near future, unless there is so sort of legislation forcing them to do so.

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