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.