Essays on Business Society Policy Triangle - GAP Case Study

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The paper "Business Society Policy Triangle - GAP" is a perfect example of a business case study. Disagreements relating to global labor practices are at the center of modern debates with regards to globalization. Critics advocate for regulations limiting the use of sweatshop labor. On the other hand, economists argue that the imposition of such regulations will have an adverse impact on the poor nations of the world. Nevertheless, enough attention has not been given to corporations that global labor practices such as sweatshops. This paper aims at establishing why companies continue to use sweatshops and the impacts of this on society and business.

Next, the paper discusses a case study on the use of sweatshops and how this has had an impact on the business, society, and government sectors. Introduction Sweatshop refers to a working environment where workers are exposed to unhealthy conditions which are considered dangerous or difficult by many individuals of developed nations, normally in a situation where the employees have fewer avenues to address their problems. The unhealthy conditions may include hazardous situations, abuse from employers, extreme temperatures, or exposure to dangerous materials.

Sweatshop employers regularly work for long hours with very little pay, irrespective of any labor laws that advocate for minimum wage or overtime pay. Even though sweatshops are often linked to poor, developing nations, they can exist in any country. They have existed in numerous different cultures and countries, including Europe and the United States. In the meantime, economists and advocates of sweatshops such as Johan Norberg, Nicholas Kristof, and Paul Krugman, argue that individuals opt to work in sweatshops as they offer better working conditions and higher wages as compared to manual farm labor.

They also propose that sweatshops are the beginning of economic and technological advancement and are a process of turning a poor country into a rich one. Economists argue from a trade-off perspective whereby they ask whether it is better to be unemployed or be employed in unhealthy conditions.


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