Business and society

Child Labor 3

Child Labor

Does the argument supporting child labor stand up from a moral perspective?

From a moral perspective, employers should not employ children in the factories even from the argument that the world is becoming highly industrialized and the global market is expanding and hence, the need for improved productivity (Vandenberg, 2007). Employing children denies them the right to have a normal childhood, contributes to their poor health due to the poor working conditions found in some of the workplaces. Also, it exposes them to exploitation by employers who merely view the child as a working machine. Children should be educated to live a better life and not be exploited in their childhood stage at the expense of industrialization and increasing productivity. In this regard too, there are many adults who are unemployed and who can work in such factories. Therefore, there is no justifiable mean to right the wrong of employing children.

To what extent are our consumption habits responsible for situations in developing countries?

To a great extent consumers are responsible for the situations in developing countries through their unethical purchases (Rea, n.d.). As consumers, making ethical considerations when purchasing products can help alleviate the problem of child labor or stop it (Rea, n.d.). When buying goods, consumers can desist from buying products which are made by children.


Rea, J. (n.d.).Child Labor. Development Education Unit, Concern Worldwide, Adopted from,, on 22nd April, 2016.

Vandenberg, P. (2007). Eliminating Child Labor Guide for Employers. International Labor Organization, Guide 1. Pg. 32. Adopted from,, on 22nd April, 2016.