The Ethics of Sourcing Overseas
The NY times ethicist column had a question about sourcing overseas:
To afford to start a new business, I must use low-cost foreign manufacturers, some of whom likely maintain unsafe working conditions. It is difficult to be certain from here. In the relevant country, many workers doing the tasks I’ll require receive low wages and face serious health problems including chronic colds, fever , stomach disorders, chest pains and tuberculosis. Is it wrong to start my business in this way? â€” NAME WITHHELD, NEW YORK
To read Randy Cohen’s answer, visit the NY Times site. Or, as a challenge, post a comment/answer here with your best succinct argument about the ethics involved or about Lean as an alternative. I believe this is an ethics issue, not just a dollars and cents issue.
Best / most articulate / most thoughtful comment here (as determined by me), will get a prize TBD.