Essays on Apple Chinese Factories Violation of Labour-Related Rights Case Study

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The paper "Apple Chinese Factories Violation of Labour-Related Rights" is a good example of a business case study. Ethical issues are currently facing the general business community. 21 st century has provided a complex global business environment and nearly every company faces a number of ethical issues. Every business has to develop codes of conduct as well as ethics and put them into action for members of the organization to abide with. In this case, the discussion addresses ethical issues that arise in business on matters related to labor and responsible compliance despite the lack of government regulations.

The outcomes of a company’ s activities depend on how business leaders decide, plan, articulate and monitor the course of actions to be taken in relation to prevailing human rights requirements and ethical considerations. Taking Apple’ s Chinese factory as a case, it will address how ineffective a company’ s policies, values, and procedures have to lead to unethical outcomes in a business setting. Poor company approach to labor laws and failures by directors and other officers can lead to compliance issues. As Edwards (2013), Apple is on the verge of getting a bad reputation due to increased coverage of its excessive or forceful overtime, low wages, and long working hours in Chinese factories.

In turn, there are pressures from the general public for it to act ethically and improve its track record. One of the interesting features of pressure is consumer activism online that has followed and scrutinized its operations (Neate 2013). External stakeholders have focused on its ethical practice and labor ethical concerns. Combined direct and indirect actions from these stakeholders can damage Apple’ s reputation and impact in its market segments (Johnson 2011).

General concerns arise from the fact that, despite the acknowledged lack of employees’ protection in China, Apple’ s managers should utilize their moral judgments that define the wrong and right. Its labor decisions have impacted on factories’ culture and the outcomes have seen shortcomings in ethical considerations.


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