After going through the documentary ‘Blood, Sweat and T-shirts’ I consider ‘sweatshops’ as an unfavourable term which is based on the working conditions that are dangerous. It can be seen clearly from the documentary that workers work very long hours in dangerous conditions and in return they are given a very low pay. Many big corporations in countries such as United States of America and United Kingdom use sweatshops labour in countries such as Bangladesh, India so that the corporations can make their products at lower price.
In order to support themselves and their families financially the factory workers are forced to work longer duration of hours in dangerous working conditions. As per the German philosopher Immanuel Kant there was a greatest principle of morality and he referred it as The Categorical Imperative. Immanuel Kant therefor believed in the categorical imperative which requires us to act in a manner where we can justify our actions into a universal law. Kant’s ethical theory is based on three aspects which are means vs ends, universal acceptability and goodwill.
Means vs ends focuses on that we should never use others just to achieve our own aims. We should always treat others in the same way we wish to be treated. It can be seen from the documentary that the corporation’s major objective is profit maximisation and they are willing to go to any extent to achieve it even if it comes at the expense of their employees.
They are putting the workers in miserable conditions to work longer hours without even thinking about the workplace health and safety. The corporation’s actions clearly justify that they are using the workers only as means instead of ends