NIke and Offshore Labor Persuasive Essay by Master Researcher

NIke and Offshore Labor
Focuses on Nike shoes as an example of the unethical use of labor from underdeveloped countries by an American company.
# 39703 | 876 words | 6 sources | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 12, 2003 in Business (Companies) , Business (International) , Economics (Globalization)

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This paper examines the issue of American corporations using Third World labor. The paper focuses on Nike and how it has both benefited from globalization, in terms of cheap labor and cheap resources, and suffered from it, as activists have used global information networks to criticize the company. The paper highlights how transnational corporations and trade agreements reduce the rights of workers in poor countries and cause increased environmental degradation. The paper notes that we as consumers and as voters will have to decide the future shape of corporations by what companies we buy from and whom we elect to office to set trade policy.

From the Paper:

"It is difficult to know where globalization is taking us in part because it is, of course, always difficult to see the future. But the long-term consequences of globalization are especially hard to define partly because globalization is still so relatively new, its potential to change our world still so untested. Nike is in many ways in the forefront of how companies will deal with - and be dealt with - by globalization.
"Globalization is often used as a synonym for "transnationalism", but in fact the two are at least to some extent different from each other. As Kegley, C. & Wittkopft (2000) use the term, transnationalism is, if nothing else, a more neutral term referring to the ways in which companies today subcontract labor to other companies or groups of workers far from their own headquarters while relying on a group of better trained, better paid workers in the company's home country for creative and quality-control work."

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