Toys, their manufacture and factory conditions

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  1. tusko

    tusko Well-Known Member

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    Wouldn't the problem lie with the Chinese factories, and how they are run, rather than the toy companies that contract them?
     
  3. tusko

    tusko Well-Known Member

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    My understanding is that for a company like Hasbro to say, I had no knowledge of their operating practices, doesn't cut it on an ethical basis since the Hasbro mandate most likely has a statement to both protect human rights and the environment.

    The upper management is responsible for understanding the top down effect of their business and how it impacts on product quality, the welfare of their workers and work environment.
     
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    Read Naomi Klein's No Logo
     
  5. tusko

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    Can you give me a summary?
     
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    It sucks, but its just part of the natural development cycle of most nations and nothing will ever change that. It'll be over in China in 50 - 100 years and then it'll move on to the next developing part of the world with cheap labor and low value of life.

    None of the shitty stuff going on in other parts of the world is anything that developed western society hasen't done in some form in the last 500 years. Its just worse for them because weapons and diseases are allot better/worse then they used to be and the demand for cheap external productivity increases every time a country finishes the cycle. Increased levels of global communications, transportation and economics isn't doing them any favors either.

    Assuming the human race still exists when the entire world has finished developing, we'll just find or create another race to do it all and they'll kill themselves off with Death Rays and Hyper Diseases instead of the AKs and AIDS that are being used now or the swords and plague that was doing the rounds when us old world folks did allot of it. The only way it'll ever end is if the whole world coverts to some kind of socalism or reverts back to living like cavemen, neither of which will ever work thanks the crummy nature of our species.
     
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    Sometimes this isn't even done with workplaces that are in the US, let alone those we outsource work to overseas. Upper management is generally more concerned with pleasing investors than employees.
     
  9. NotFastEnuff

    NotFastEnuff I'm a smartass...

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    You know what, read a history book. It wasn't that long ago that what you're reading about was happening in the US. It's just like RabidYak said, as the countries develop, the poor people are always the ones who are used as the fodder. I'm not saying it's right, as much as I'm agreeing with RY.
     
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    Well... it's China. ._.
     
  11. McBradders

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    I thought these threads were banned? :eek: 
     
  12. Chaos Muffin

    Chaos Muffin Misadventure Veteran

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    Maybe he has a banned-aid

    *slaps knee*
     
  13. smkspy

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    I honestly don't care about this at all. This is the way the structure of business has always worked, so the situation in China will eventually work itself out. The best thing that people here could do is ignore 90% of what the media calls news.
     
  14. butz

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    Especially the weather.
    The remaining 10% would be sports, btw.
     
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    I saw a documentary on this that was about the cost of Mardi Gras. It would cut from people partying and throwing beads to China, where the beads were being made.
     
  16. theLostSeeker

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    I saw the same thing, quite interesting.



    :lolol 
     
  17. smkspy

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    Being a local, it definitely gave me a new perspective on Mardi Gras thats for sure.
     
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    Its not just China, dude. Most working conditions in Asia are also pretty bad. If its not the work conditions, its the extreme long hours, lack of employee medical benefits. All of the above means lowers wages hence foreign companies tend to have their operations over there.
     
  19. theLostSeeker

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    It's an international race to the bottom, but everyone will get their turn…

    EDIT: I just realized that sounds a little political-ish.
     

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