A Chinese factory that makes Disney’s best-selling Cars toys, as well as toys for Walmart and Mattel, uses child labor and forces its workers to work three times the amount of overtime required by law.
And that’s only one of the many issues… when we outsource, don’t we still have responsibility? In our own countries, we have enacted laws that are aimed to prevent horrendous working conditions and child labour – those laws are not perfect and things can still go wrong, but as societies we have put those things in place. Now we outsource to countries that have no such laws (or don’t enforce them). In part, the cost of production locally is higher because of these laws. Are we, by shifting production overseas, saying that effectively companies want to not have those laws?