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A Case on Ethics and Sourcing

Friday, Dec. 10, 2010

A company needs to buy T-shirts for a promotion.  Should they purchase inexpensive shirts from China, where they don't know  the wages and working conditions of the employees or the quality of the fabric?  Or should they buy from a local, worker- and eco-friendly T-shirt vendor at a much higher cost?

Meghan Skarzynski, an SCU senior and Hackworth Fellow at the Ethics Center, created the case, "Easy on the Wallet or Easy on the Earth?" to illustrate the dilemma. 

Tags: business ethics, sustainability