Discussion: Ethical Business Strategies
Camino Shoes is considering using a foreign supplier in a developing country to assist in manufacturing their product line.
The CEO’s of Camino recently read an article in Business Week titled: Secrets, Lies and Sweatshops and is concerned about possible deceptive practices used by foreign suppliers. They have hired you as a consultant to assess such practices, as well as to provide solutions to mitigate the occurrence of such practices.
Using the information from the article and the Internet, research Fair Labor Association standards and programs for factory audits.
Based on your research, should Camino Shoes adopt the Fair Labor Association standards and program of factory audit or should they establish their own supplier monitoring and compliance process? Explain your choice.
What actions can Camino Shoes take to detect and prevent deception by foreign suppliers?