Etch-A-Sketch Ethics

Module 7 Assessment Read the (very short!) mini-case, (p. 160-161 of the link below). Briefly respond to the four questions below pertaining to the ethical perspective of the case. Please be sure to limit your response to each question to 50 words/question for a total of 200 words. You do not have to use any outside source for this week. Yay! 1. Was it ethical of the Ohio Art Company to move production to China? What were the economic and social costs and benefits of this decision? What would have happened if production had not been moved? 2. Assuming that the description of working conditions given in The New York Times is correct, is it ethical for the Ohio Art Company to continue using Kin Ki to manufacture Etch-A-Sketch toys? 3. Is it possible, as Mr. Killgallon claims, that the Ohio Art Company had no knowledge of labor problems at Kin Ki? Do you think company executives had any knowledge of the working conditions? 4. What steps can executives at the Ohio Art Company take to make sure they do not find the company profiled in The New York Times again as an enterprise that benefits from sweatshop labor?

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