Globalization Of Walmart

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Fast trade is the key of globalization. Through international trade, people have access to products that they can’t find in their own homeland, It might sound beneficial using comparative advantage and being more efficient but when we are living in a developed country and we get all these products for our satisfaction at low prices, we don’t see the other side of globalization and get to experience the hard work that was put in to get a $6 shirt in Wal-Mart. On one hand, globalization is offering new opportunities, economics growth, development, and a better lifestyle. While, on the other hand, it is posing challenges in other countries.

Wal-Mart is a Transnational Corporation (TNC), with the goal of expanding to increase its profit regardless
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Walmart demands their subcontractors to produce their goods at minimal cost with no doubt for their employees working in dangerous conditions and getting paid below poverty wage. (Barbara Kenney, How Goods are Produced, May 8,2013). Subcontractors agree to work for minimal cost for walmart because they won’t have long term work and if they deny to produce for Walmart, they will overthrow the communities because the factories are the main source of living for many people.

Sweatshops are an important part of people 's lives who work in third world countries, disregarding the conditions. Based on a report done by Jenny Chan, she monitored five sweatshops in China that work for Walmart and she discovered that these sweatshops violate human rights by: giving excessive work, forced overtime, no rest, payed far from minimum wage, unsafe environment, and have inferior living
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Workers also complained that they aren’t allowed to deny overtime even if they are sick or have a bad headache. Working hours shouldn’t exceed 40hrs a week, yet, Wal-Mart 's suppliers have their workers work an additional 20 hours.

Workers in several factories are working in unsafe conditions. For example, a 22 year old, working in the factory Tai Qiang, got his leg pressed by a heavy machine and caused his leg to be fractured and got delayed treatment. The young man states that his co workers are not given any protective gear. (Jenny Chan, The Story of Toys made in China for Wal-Mart, June 1, 2007). For another instance, according to a study done by the Shanghai academy of Social science, factory workers lose or break about 40,000 fingers a year. ( David Barboza, In Chinese Factories, Lost Fingers and Low Pay,

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