Homestudy Notes – Abbey

China Blue

The documentary China Blue delves into how societies outside of China perceive China’s culture and working environment. It draws on the many ethical issues within large factories; China Blue is a large factory, which supplies jeans all over the world.

  • Employees are as young as 14, who have left home to work and support their families.
  • The working hours are extremely long, sometimes the employees only get four hours sleep if they are lucky, but the amount of sleep they usually get is one to two hours.
  • China Blue falsify clock in and out information and wages to ‘fake’ that they provide a fair, safe and healthy working environment.
  • Many factories in China keep employees first months wages as an ‘insurance policy’ to ensure employees are less likely to leave.
  • Employees live above the factory in dorms, have chores to carry out outside of working hours, food comes out of their wages, and wages are docked if employees leave the premises or are as little as a minute late for work.

Baumann, M. (2014) China Blue. YouTube . 22 August. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Y8xEMDlsyU&feature=youtu.be&list=PLUMhBBXjsslyzlHpKIx2_gIor_RD8R9hQ&t=497 [Accessed 18 January 2017].

A Web of Brands

As a society we are not developing, though we like to think we are, we are just in denial that what we are doing is improving our society and bettering the wider society.

The makeup of society; pretending, denial, ignorance, living life as if those who fought for the human rights we have today, simply didn’t happen, a feeling of entitlement. We are all stuck together here for now, caught between the harsh realities of economic globalisation.

Some are still suffering, in exactly the same way as others did before them, yet somehow now, it is acceptable? So long as ones self is not affected… out of sight out of mind? The Third World, as they say, has always existed for the comfort of the First.

The world is run by large corporations and brands, they have extreme amounts of money, so in turn, have power, and exploit others to make a profit. Logo-linked globe.

Klein, N. (No Date) A Web Of Brands [online]. Available from: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B269Gx9dhgI1WFpUS2RuT2xPT28/view [Accessed 18 January 2017].

Homestudy Notes – Lucy

Web of Brands

Brands, such as Nike, McDonalds and Gap logos are recognised in even the remotest parts of the world.  People are starting to think about the ethics of the brands they have always trusted.  More attention is being drawn to large companies that use cheap labour and some even attacking corporations that have violated human rights, such as in China.

The information regarding the violations of human rights are being distributed by student activists (such as the “Spiders”), individuals and different protest groups all around the world via the web.

Klein, N. (No Date) A Web Of Brands [online]. Available from: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B269Gx9dhgI1WFpUS2RuT2xPT28/view [Accessed 18 January 2017].

China Blue

As I have generally thought before that companies that care about their ethics would ensure that their workers even in third world countries were being treated fairly, I did not compare them with other companies that I would not think so highly of.  However, after watching this video it has given me a completely different perspective.  It showed that even when an organisation cares about those that they employ, if information is being faked, such as workers forced to lie about their hours and working conditions during inspections, they will never be any the wiser.

Baumann, M. (2014) China Blue. YouTube . 22 August. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Y8xEMDlsyU&feature=youtu.be&list=PLUMhBBXjsslyzlHpKIx2_gIor_RD8R9hQ&t=497 [Accessed 18 January 2017].

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