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However. The article is about a lot of companies from China. In the modern world. The article mentions two Hong Kong-listed companies that have casinos that are strictly for tourists. that a country has a duty to help provide jobs in their communities. Valued at over $6 trillion. One country that people did not have to worry about their jobs getting outsourced to until very recently is North Korea. it is understandable why a company would take creative measures to find locations where they can manufacture their products at a fraction of the cost. instead of jobs to people abroad that have never purchased products from them. except as employees. However. One could argue. just seeking to lower their bottom lines in an effort to achieve a larger profit.BUSINESS ETHICS ACROSS CULTURES ARTICLE REVIEW Business Ethics Across Cultures Article Review 2 North Korea. South Korea. Indonesia. this is not always the case. companies have been setting up shop in North Korea. isn’t it possibly unethical for . In many of these cases. which isn’t a bad thing. This is all a little ironic since the guiding doctrine in North Korea is Juche. New Land of Opportunity Outsourcing can be considered a major problem for people in countries like the United States because it steals jobs away from our citizens and provides them to other countries. however. these mineral deposits are bringing in many foreign companies. which means self-reliance. where everybody is connected and businesses are able to conduct international business with such ease. since the passing of Kim Jong Il. and many European companies that have begun setting up businesses in North Korea. A huge part of foreign interest in North Korea is their vast mineral deposits. they are also improving the economy in the countries they move to as well. They are not doing anything illegal during this process. China in particular. after all. Is this unethical? The companies are. Factories can be purchased cheaply and workers can be found to work for lower wages than those from their home countries. Locals are literally banned from entering the premise. However.
Companies do anything to maximize their profit margin.BUSINESS ETHICS ACROSS CULTURES ARTICLE REVIEW North Korea to sell off the rights to so many of their natural resources to an outside country? This will yield little benefit for the people of North Korea. When company’s come to America it is considered to be the reverse problem. and since it is legal then people don’t seem to really examine the greater problems that come with that. If the ultimate goal of a company is to remain solvent and turn a profit. the only argument that can be truly made for a lack of ethics is the jobs that are being taken away from these companies’ domestic countries and the low wages they are paying North Korean workers to do these jobs. but that is exactly the same self-serving mentality in an individual as it is in an organization or a company. then maybe the ethical thing to do is to try and maintain that goal. American companies are only not participating because they are not quite as welcome in North Korea as companies in other countries are. Ultimately. To some extent it is unethical. People don’t generally frown on that. because North Korean roads are notoriously shoddy and an increased tax revenue could help to fix things like that . I’m sure there would be many more American entrepreneurial ventures in North Korea. Instead they take them to a place where they can have the best impact on themselves personally. If we were though. but it seems to be considered an “acceptable level” of unethical. It is talented specialists moving to America and depriving their home countries the skills that they can provide. the point of ethics falls to the individual foreign companies. The issue is not a black and . 3 which is good. After all. The other side of the argument is that taking your production to another country so you can lowball the wages of foreign workers is a sleazy business tactic. whereas a North Korean company would employ many North Korean citizens and would probably help out in many other ways with local interests. Outside businesses will be taxed a little higher than local businesses would.
One of the most interesting things is that they only perform with masks on. They actually have other women that sub in for them sometimes. it is a gray area where people work to better their own situation without impunity. When that organization is the government of one of the most powerful countries in the world. One of the most recent stories to gain a lot of steam internationally is about an all-female punk band in Russia that had played a concert at an anti-Putin protest. Their name is considered offensive by some and their message is considered offensive by Putin himself. These actions cause a major reaction. Pussy Riot is a modern punk band that includes three female musicians with assumed monikers. but usually only by the private citizens. the word used most frequently is corruption.BUSINESS ETHICS ACROSS CULTURES ARTICLE REVIEW white ethical issue. Through artistic expression they have attempted to speak out against the corrupt Putin-led Russian government. For the Russian government. 4 Pussy Riot: will Vladimir Putin regret taking on Russia's cool women punks? Many ethical problems arise from individuals or organizations acting purely out of selfinterest or preservation. The nature of Putin’s government in Russia is often challenged as being corrupt. The concept is that even after they are incarcerated (if it comes to that) someone else could buy a mask and keep the message alive. not the news corporations. Instead. The corruption becomes even more apparent when people that voice opinions about the injustices perpetrated by the Russian government are imprisoned without ever having violated any laws. What could possibly display a message about a corrupt government better than protestors being publicly detained and brought up on bogus charges? This only increases the fervor. Equally as bad are the companies that control the media in these countries that refuse to report on these stories. .
then that would put a lot of pressure on the Russian leader to allow his citizens the true benefits of free speech. In America. it is not a smart move. so all individuals and organizations are permitted the freedom to voice their displeasures. From an ethical standpoint. It is the moral responsibility of the media to deliver . that should be the right of any citizen. it is clearly wrong to imprison somebody for peaceful protesting against their government. For Putin. Just like it is the responsibility of foreign governments. That is where I have trouble accepting the global ethical perspectives of these other countries. Ethically. free speech is protected with passion. One of the scariest things about the situation when looked at in world view is that no other representatives from other countries are speaking out about the unethical actions of the Russian government. Even when viewed with cold logic. it is also the responsibility of the media to hold people accountable. then they are going 5 about their jobs in a manner that is unethical. If leaders from other nations came out and say that they reviled or at least disagreed with the actions of Putin and his government. If these “free press” corporations allow their governments to operate without impunity. It isn’t like other countries would have to go to war with Russia over this. Over the last couple of years. In the modern age. but at some point it is unethical to sit back and observe with your mouth closed while atrocities are being committed. it is not a sound decision at all. We fought to establish a country based on free speech. Here is how this affects business ethics in countries such as Russia: the media in Russia is terrified to report on these kinds of issues because of the potential ramifications. Most citizens in most modern countries are afforded that power. To detain them for doing that is wrong. it has become quite evident that the youth is become very mobilized and vocal against the Russian government. it sets a very scary precedent to prosecute and imprison people for just speaking out against their government.BUSINESS ETHICS ACROSS CULTURES ARTICLE REVIEW tension has been rising between the establishment and the people for many years.
Fortunately.BUSINESS ETHICS ACROSS CULTURES ARTICLE REVIEW unfiltered stories to the people without bias. 6 . the internet exists and because of that people are able to be informed about all of the wrong doings of their government.
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