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Social and labor issues with international suppliers

Discuss the nature of social and labor issues that domestic manufacturers will likely face with their international suppliers. Why is it important to understand the cultural background of a foreign supplier?

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Social issues:

- religious injunctions (important if working in food, for example, regarding kosher or halal products)
- demands by domestic manufacturers or foreign suppliers on types of products (non-GMO, organic, range-free, etc.)
- cultural norms for end-products, including advertising (retaining cultural sensitivity)
- perhaps less important, depending upon the business, but role of women in the workplace for both the domestic manufacturer and international supplier (i.e. is doing business with women common or frowned upon)

Labor issues:
- labor regulations
- minimum wage laws
- working ...

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We discuss the nature of social and labor issues that domestic manufacturers will likely face with their international suppliers. We also touch upon the reasons why is it important to understand the cultural background of a foreign supplier.

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