Ethics Within Apparel Industry

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Ethics within the Apparel Industry Sweatshops are found worldwide, they are factories in the apparel industry that operate illegally, forcing workers to work long hours in horrible working conditions at a low salary. Often these workers are obligated to work under such condition not by choice, but rather they are obligated. These workers are often immigrants that are threatened with legal action, accused of committing crimes or ordinary people that are abducted and forced to work for free, frequently threatened with death. These workers are restricted from ethical rights. Sweatshops have always been an issue within the Apparel Industry; companies seek out cheap alternatives to having mass production of clothing for cheaper rates. Merchandise buyers seek out the cheapest manufacturers of products that are high on demand, causing them to purchase from manufacturers that operate illegal sweatshops. A number of manufacturing companies exclusively deal with the exploitation of workers for their own economical benefit. This issue sadly affects everyone worldwide, especially in Asian countries because the government does not enforce laws against sweatshops. The Apparel Industry is the most affected because of this; workers are obligated to work long shifts without any consideration of their well-being. The Desire Satisfaction theory could be applied to those who seek out for cheap alternatives when placing orders within the apparel industry. This theory states “something is good for you if it satisfies your desires” (Landau, 2012, p 43-44). This may qualify for manufactures taking advantage of workers by using sweatshops because they end up saving large amounts of money, while receiving the product they need, and delivering it to the buyer. The Desire Satisfaction theory can be applied to those who benefit from their careless actions that eventually affect others.

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