In the past decade, America has become increasingly dependent on foreign-made products. The exploding demand for smartphones and other hand-held technology has created many jobs overseas and left the U.S. without some much-needed employment. But technology isn’t the only area of business that’s been a key player in outsourcing. The clothing and food industry have always helped contribute greatly to this discussion.
Many argue that oversea production creates jobs at home, but aside from this benefit, there are many other reasons why it’s important to keep product manufacturing in the States and continue to support companies that manufacture in the U.S.
- Working Conditions- Any small amount of research will show you why this is such a heated debate. While the U.S. is fortunate enough to have regulations that enforce safe working conditions for employees, not every country does. Many of the countries in which oversea products are made do not protect the rights and well-being of their workers, thus leaving many working in unsafe, unsanitary and grueling conditions.
- Overseeing Quality- Domestic production allows companies to keep a closer eye on the quality of the product that’s being made and correct any issues quickly and in the most efficient way possible.
- Environment Protection- The U.S. imposes rigorous standards to meet environmental protection requirements. When it comes to its companies here at home, the country can have a say in their practices and intervene if they are harmful to the environment. When it comes to countries overseas, there’s not much we can do.
- Keeping Dollars in the U.S. – One of the benefits of buying American-made is helping U.S. dollars continue to circulate within the U.S. economy. When you buy products made here, your dollar is going to the citizens of the U.S. who work hard to produce these products.
Standing Up to Child Labor- Not every country has as harsh of child labor laws as the U.S. One of the sacrifices of outsourcing is that companies often turn a blind eye to unethical practices that go on under the roofs of their factories overseas. One of the most common unethical practices of factory jobs is the overworking and exploitation of children. Buying American-made products helps ensure that you are not supporting child labor and the mistreatment of kids here or anywhere.