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If it's a small contract we can all afford to stand by our principles but if it's a big contract and yields a big profit then the decision becomes much more difficult.There would be other factors to consider such as what the IT system is for the purpose of. I'm generally OK about business systems, but once I was offered a lot of money to produce a pornography site and I turned that down without any regret. Admittedly that was a far easier decision. What I'm trying to say here is that the ethical status of a company does factor into decision made both with the consumer and the suppliers to it.
Personally I don't see there is anything immoral about trading with Tesco. It's completely different if it were some illegal organisation but Tesco is a mainstream FTSE 100 company. You may not like some of their business practices but most people have to deal with people they don't like from time to time. It's just part of life. So if the contract is big enough and legal, anyone would take it, despite what some say on this forum....
The "ethical" trade businesses appeal to a minority of consumers and it undoubtedly offers good business opportunities. However, for most consumers, they buy on price and quality and aren't bothered about the "ethical" issues.This is to be encouraged because ultimately it creates ethical business that is not seen as the enemy. There are other companies where it factors the other way. A company might be supporting something that I approve of and so for such jobs I will do it for less money. I've had quite a few instances where I have had customers in a really sad predicament and I've given them good discounts.
One of the things that amuses me about this forum is how many people get so worked up about, so called "bad employers" using cheap labour and yet they buy consumer goods from China etc which have far worse working conditions and rates of pay.
If they really were as pro British as they suggest they would buy British and ensure the jobs were created here. It's funny how they can conveniently separate their behaviour from those of these so called "bad employers". Classic double standards - "Do as I say, not as I do...".
You will be please to note that I always try to buy British and I'm happy to pay significantly more for it. The reason is that it is top quality stuff and doesn't fall to bits. I'm a bit old school here in that I appreciate quality in manufacturing. Sometimes I have ended up with Chinese goods by mistake and they have just failed. I paid £40 for this jumper and it now has sleeves about 8 inches long. There is just no honesty in Chinese manufacturing. Those who buy it are on a false economy as well as supporting slave labour. There are many instances where ethical principles are aligned with good economic practices, and I believe buying British is one of them. Some products can keep on going with many times the life of these cheap imports.
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this guy was absolutly amazing. He'd ben to China, and told of someone who died after working 34 hours straight, and that a standard work day is 15 / 16 hours. (I've done a fair few of those in my time.) From some of your posts, it sounds as though you'd welcome that.
Have you actually tried? You sneer at people on this forum (as usual), but have you actually tried to boycott goods made in China? All 3 of the items were ordered over the internet; have you ever seen the "Country of Manufacture" mentioned when buying goods online?
I find your hatred and venom childish and pathetic and do not know who this person i have, in your imagination, Called upon.
I send you the message of love as well. I hope you become at one with yourself, less bitter and angry at the world and the immigrant communities like the romanians who you clearly detest.
Last edited by potemkin; 20-02-2012 at 06:45 PM.
I have been to china several times with work (you may need to google that word). Standard work days are certainly not 15/16 hours with our supply base. Big or small companies and wages and standards of living are increasing.
China produces excellent quality products. It is also not unheard of to get tat in the uk. Europe and america.
Do u hate the chinese as well as romanians ?