Globalization and Its Impact on Child Labor

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Integrating Values - The Legality, Morality, and Social Responsibility of Globalization and Its Impact on the Use of Child Labor Abstract Globalization has advanced the use of child labor as companies diligently strive to increase profits while minimizing operating costs. The International Labor Organization (ILO) reports there are 215 million children ranging from 5 – 17 years engaged in child labor worldwide. One of the objectives of the ILO as it relates to child labor is to abolish the worst forms of child labor by 2016. This paper analyzes the impact of globalization and the use of child labor from the prospective of law, ethics and social responsibility. Subsequent to the analysis of the topic, recommendations have been put forth to combat the problem of child labor, which often endangers the health, education, development, safety and morals of children. The recommendations will definitively speak to greater enforcement of international laws, implementation of severe sanctions to offending countries, prosecution of companies found violating child labor laws, and aggressive campaigns to heightened global awareness, which showcase the exploitation and abuse of child laborers. Table of Contents Introduction 4 Legal Section 6 Ethical Section 11 Utilitarian Ethical Analysis 11 Kantian Ethical Analysis 16 Categorical Imperatives 16 The First Test 16 The Second Test 17 The Third Test 17 Kantian Moral Analysis 17 Ethical Egoism 18 Social Responsibility Section 19 Conclusion 25 References 28 Introduction Child labor is a global problem, one that strikes an emotional cord due to its negative impact on the well-being of children. The International Labor Organization (2010), defines child labor as “work that harms the child’s well-being and hinders his or her education,

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