This report examines the ethical and legal implications for businesses importing consumer products without benefit of inspection and monitoring. The responsibilities of importing companies in relation to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) standards and regulations as well as voluntary standards are also discussed. Some suggestions are made as possible solutions to the issues of importing low quality goods in the United States.
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) involves an obligation to maintain high ethical values in all stakeholder relationships. The ethic of care asserts that businesses must consider the network of relationships that affect and are affected by their operations. In order for importing companies to determine which are the most important relationships they must consider manufacturers, distributors, retailers, consumers, and government (Halbert & Ingulli, 2012). In my opinion the most essential relationship for most corporations is that of the consumer. Companies need to determine how best to proactively nurture, protect and sustain these crucial relationships. Importing corporations must seek proactive methods to avoid inferior and harmful imports and discover creative workable compromises to support these essential relationships according to the ethic of care (Halbert & Ingulli, 2012).
According to Fujimoto, Harbour, McMorris and Sparkuhl, (2007) U.S. litigation resulting from injurious imported products involving China is problematic because most Chinese manufacturers do not have a substantial presence in the U.S. and have few facilities with assets in the U.S. Even if a judgment is obtained it is difficult to enforce due to differences in national regulations. When a foreign manufacturer is without a U.S. presence or if the U.S. manufacturer is bankrupt the supplier is held liable for defective products, whether or not it had an active role in design or manufacturing of the...