Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Good Side of Outsourcing

Until taking Corporate Social Responsibility in my program, I always pair it up with only misguided thoughts on the subject.

Now realizing there are many sides to outsourcing, it's not as bad as it seems. I am not condoning any companies who's ethical decisions model anything close to Nike and Foxconn in the least.

Outsourcing in India has been a huge boom to their market. With the cost of living rising along with it's standards, India is on the right path. Many employees may still work long grueling hours 6-7 days a week, but in the off time have fun with friends and go to school. Although they make significantly less then what Canadians do, keeping in mind the cost of living it isn't bad at all. The market for most of these new IT jobs goes to the younger generation in there 20's. It allows the employees to be able to save money for college, buy new clothing, help parents, and become more of an independent person. It sounds very relate-able doesn't it? Nothing like those who can only afford to eat one meal a day and buy nothing for themselves. India's younger generation is becoming more educated, only 61% of India is currently illiterate. While that is still far off of Canada's almost perfect literacy rate of 99%, it is a huge forward step for the country - keeping in mind the population size 1,170,938,000.

More educated Indians means more educated children. Those working in the call centers and like IT jobs will push their children to become educated and go to a post secondary institute unlike some of their parents or grand parents. That means a smarter growing economy.

So after taking a second look, outsourcing isn't as bad as it seems. I know not everyone agree's but the point of this post is to open your eyes and to help you look a bit further into such controversial issues. I find it hard to understand why other companies who outsource cannot spend a few more dollars to give their employees basic needs. Hopefully standards will continue to change with such stories being written.

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