Supporters of globalization highlight a major increase in the standard of living for many workers in China while critics argue that the amazing economic growth has led to an increase in pollution and harsh labor conditions in the country. The purpose of this research is to investigate policy variations of multinational enterprises (MNEs) labor practices in China.
The empirical research is based on a questionnaire survey that collected data from MNEs in China.
This study finds that both Hong Kong/Taiwanese and US/European MNEs comply with minimum wages, benefits, health insurance, and legal requirements in China, but do not go beyond meeting or exceeding Chinese standards. This study also finds that US/European MNEs tend to make better decisions in dealing with safety in the workplace and environmental pollution.
It appears that as firms expand globally and have more overseas experience, they approach issues of ethics with caution and try to avoid business practices that would hurt their images.
The paper offers insights into policy variations of MNEs' labor practices in China.
Chinen, K., Wang, R.L. and Wang, C. (2008), "Policy variations of multinational enterprises' labor practices in China", Management Research News, Vol. 31 No. 10, pp. 729-736. https://doi.org/10.1108/01409170810908480
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