Respect for workers in global supply chains: Advancing the debate over sweatshops

Denis G. Arnold, Norman E. Bowie

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Abstract

In "Sweatshops and Respect for Persons" we argued on Kantian grounds that managers of multinational enterprises (MNEs) have the following duties: to adhere to local labor laws, to refrain from coercion, to meet minimum health and safety standards, and to pay workers a living wage. In their commentary on our paper Sollars and Englander challenge some of our conclusions. We argue here that several of their criticisms are based on an inaccurate reading of our paper, and that none of the remaining criticisms successfully challenge our main arguments. By highlighting the shortcomings of their arguments we hope to advance discussion of the ethical treatment of workers in global supply chains.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-145
Number of pages11
JournalBusiness Ethics Quarterly
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2007

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