Shannon Napples R. Christiansen English 2010 TR 8:30 A.M. November 14th, 2013 Multinational Corporations Are you hungry? Are you wishing that you could just grab something fast and eat it so that you can forget about the rumbling in your stomach that shouts louder in a quiet room than that of your own vocal chords? Did you know that the thing you are craving is most likely made in a foreign country that just used America as a “host” country to sell their products?
Shocking, I know, but nonetheless a hot topic for debate when people scream out “We want products made solely in America” or “How dare our government buy these products!” It’s not only food that we have to worry about, but its merchandise, and clothes, and technology that companies are starting to become international. We all have a stigma when it comes to products made in other countries that are sent to us, but what if we flip the tables and view it as being helpful for not only our country, but theirs as well.
As in all things there are pros and cons that need to be looked upon when deciding for yourself which side to stand on. I simply choose to see the good in selling products in other countries because of how many pros there are compared to the cons.
We have an opinion that states we should like things that are homemade but we never think twice about a product that is made in China or India or any other country for that matter.
There reasoning behind it is because we proclaim to care where products are made but never truly care if we use foreign products.
According to a text called the
Journal of Business Ethics, we don’t really care because the economy is changing so much that as long as the products are selling and bringing in that profit, we don’t care. So many businesses are building factories overseas that a name has been created to explaining what they are. They are called Multinational Corporationsor
MNC’s. These companies still have their main office in their mother country but branch out into different countries and different markets to increase profitability. (Kinah, Railborn, Askvik,
MNC’s are used not only for countries putting factories here in America, but also
America putting factories up in different countries and this is where some people begin to have their opposition because they say that American companies are vile and take advantage of the workers that come into work for them.
We hear the horror stories of MNC’s in foreign countries that mistreat their workers, but when researching deeper into it, I found that the migrants that were willing to work for these companies saw it as a company for hope. They would apply for the job, along with hundreds of others, and hope that they could be considered for the position.
A podcast by Ashley Westerman explains that these people would travel to the MNC, knowing that they will have to compete for the job, because if they were able to get work then they will have the chance to better their families. As she explains a certain applicant, he just wants this job because all the jobs in his part of the country are unavailable for the type of work that he can do, so he has come to find work that will pay good and he will be able to send money back to his family. These MNC’s open up jobs for people just like this applicant and give them a hope for their family and for their future. (Westerman).
A reasoning behind them coming to apply is just that, because they need the income and these MNC’s are willing to provide it if they come to work for the companies. So MNC’s
create many jobs that provide its workers with a better future for their families and instill that their company can have working employees that actually want to be there. There is no ethical issue that pops up with having an American based company open factories overseas or vice versa. The fact that they open the companies