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Globalization of Microsoft

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Microsoft was founded as a partnership in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by William H. Gates and Paul G. Allen in 1975
Microsoft started by creating one of the first personal computers and has been innovating since.
Microsoft is a company based on manufacturing electronic goods for consumers in order to make their lives easier.
Some of the best known creations of Microsoft is Windows and the XBOX/XBOX 360.
Microsoft is a fast growing consumer electronics company that requires a huge workforce to make their goods, so they globalized their industry and based almost all of their factories in Asia and mainly China.
Now in the present day many of those workers in the factories has been noticed by the media as abused and mistreated making the argument of "does globalization cause more progress or problems."
Microsoft Corporation
Introduction
America's
economic gain
Human Rights Abuses
Conclusion
Thesis
Although Microsoft's globalization has brought about some progress through America's gain economically, globalization has brought about more problems due to poor compensation and dangerous working conditions.
Poor Compensation
Analysis
These statistics boast Microsoft's incredible contribution to the U.S. Economy. Without Microsoft Washington would have almost 300,000 less jobs but because of the corporation of Microsoft, it created thousands of jobs that improve the economy and well being of the nation. In addition Microsoft functioned as a fountain of wealth as its sales brought tens of billions of dollars into Washington's economy making it a prosperous state. These sales helped boost the economic success of the U.S. as a hole and created an empire of money to fuel a fast and growing economy.
Microsoft Success
Microsoft is responsible for many massively successful products including the first personal computer to the revolutionary gaming system, the XBox.They are most famous for their creation of windows, and has created hundreds of thousands of jobs while creating an electronics empire that benefited the country they were based, the United States.
In 2008, Microsoft was responsible for providing jobs to 39,311 employees in Washington state representing a increase of 11,074 employees since 2004 (Eicher). Making Microsoft the second largest employer in Washington behind Boeing.
In total Microsoft has created 267,611 jobs in Washington and given Washington $43.8 billion in gross state product (Eicher).
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Microsoft was directly responsible for one in every 9 jobs created in King County from 2004-2008 (Eicher).
Supplying these jobs helped the U.S. as a whole because it gave jobs to many people resulting in less unemployment making the country more prosperous.
These statistics were helpful for America because they gave many jobs to people and increased their economy.
Every modern country is always in need of jobs because of the increase in population and need for consumer goods. Microsoft met this need and helped the people of Washington.
However...
Despite Microsoft's successes, their company has had huge problems in China with many workers taking action because of their pay as compared to their work hours.
In China, Microsoft has factories located in Nanjing, Beijing, Shenzhen, and Suzhou.
As as result, these teenagers become stressed out due to extreme exhaustion from long working periods and little pay and begin to have suicidal thoughts.
Speaking of little pay, workers are paid 65 cents per hour, and after deductions for the taxes of food is a measly take home wage of 52 cents per hour. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Although workers are paid closed to nothing, the amount of work that they do is inhumane and violates their human rights, resulting in poor compensation
For example, all of the workers overtime
is mandatory despite already working 12 hour shifts seven days a week. Workers are allowed 2 days of a month, and if a worker dares to take a Sunday off, which is supposed to be their weekly holiday, will be docked 2.5 days worth of wages. (Kernaghan)
Microsoft bases almost all of its factories in Asia. Compared to the United States medias view of Microsoft, Asia is a different story. Workers in Asia work extremely long hours on little pay, with little to no vacation time. According to the U.S. department of labor, this is an abuse of human rights and many people suffer. Wages are under five cents an hour. Now take your own job in consideration, try working ten times as hard in a dangerous environment, and get paid a mere fraction of you paycheck. This is what Asian kids who would just be allowed to drive in the U.S. are paid. Therefore incidents such as the suicide attempt at Foxxconn happened because of these atrocious acts of poor compensation.
Poor compensation is a term for the lack of payment to a worker who works a lot. In the case of Microsoft, the factory workers in Asia are not adequately paid for their work on Microsoft products.
What is poor compensation?
Teenagers as young as 16 and 17 get recruited to work at these factories, averaging 15 hour work shifts during their summers.(Bureau of Labor Statistics)
These strict working rules and hours make working in Microsoft factories torture. The poor compensation of payment to workers leaves workers to become very upset and lead to actions such as mass suicides and other violent acts.
In many factories located in Asia that are associated with Microsoft are responsible for many human rights abuses that are not acceptable in any country or culture. These abuses are the result of Microsoft's globalization.
In 2009, workers report being at the factory 83 hours a week, while working 68 hours in the Microsoft factory KYE Systems Corp (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

These insane working hours are inhumane for any employee for any company. What makes these abuses of human rights is that people are unable to be free and threatens their health.
The workers' hands and fingers are constantly moving, many suffering abrasions and cuts, since the connectors must be inserted very closely together When building an Xbox (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Being forced to harm yourself when working is an abuse of human rights because it creates an unsafe working atmosphere that abuses the persons security.
In the KYE system corp factory there are reports of sexual harassment of female workers by male security guards (Herrman)

These multiple reports of sexual harassment in Microsoft factories represent human rights abuses because people have the right to security, and sexual harassment is a prime example of a violation of security.
(Eicher)
(Eicher)
Microsoft has proved that their globalization has brought more problems due to poor compensation.
Microsoft has proven that globalization has brought more problems due to the multiple cases of human rights abuses in Microsoft factories.
Human rights abuses have proven to be very prevalent in Microsoft factories in Asia proving that globalization has brought more problems than progress.
The U.S. has gained massively in economics on account of Microsoft supporting that Microsoft has brought some progress with globalization.
Microsoft and their poisonous Globalization
Works Cited
Annotated
Bibliography
Bureau of Labor Statistics. "China's Youth Meet Microsoft." Institute for Global Labor and Human Rights - Institute for
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Eicher, Theo S. THE MICROSOFT ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY. Rep. Department of
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Herrman, John. "Microsoft Supplier Factory Workers Live "Like Prisoners"" Gizmodo. N.p., 14
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Hull, Liz. "The Image Microsoft Doesn't Want You to See: Too Tired to Stay Awake, the Chinese
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Kernaghan, Charles. "Working in a Chinese Sweatshop for HP, Microsoft, Dell and IBM | The
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Annotated Bibliography

Herrman, John. "Microsoft Supplier Factory Workers Live "Like Prisoners"" Gizmodo. N.p., 14

Apr. 2010. Web. 13 June 2013.

1. This source fits my topic because it helped set the stage for my project by providing me with W’s to get to know the project and understand it more. Also it gave a lot of evidence for the human rights abuses in Microsoft factories.

2. This is a valid source because it was taken over by the Netherlands HUB Uitgevers magazine publisher, which has over 15 consumer titles and multiple business-to-business magazines.





Bureau of Labor Statistics. "China's Youth Meet Microsoft." Institute for Global Labor and

Human Rights - Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights. U.S. Department of

Labor, 13 Apr. 2010. Web. 13 June 2013.

1. This source fits my topic because the website focuses on human rights abuses in factories so it was especially helpful for my third thesis category.

2. This is a valid source because it is the online website for the principal fact-finding agency for the U.S government in the field of labor economics and statistics and serves as a principal agency of the U.S. Federal Statistical System.





Hull, Liz. "The Image Microsoft Doesn't Want You to See: Too Tired to Stay Awake, the

Chinese Workers Earning Just 34p an Hour." Mail Online. Associated Newspaper Ltd, 17 Apr. 2010. Web. 13 June 2013.

1. This source fits my topic because it discusses the work hours of the chinese workers and how it affects their lives.

2. This source is valid because it has won many awards such as in 2012, when the Daily Mail received the chairman’s award for Online Media.





Harden, Seth. "Microsoft Company Statistics." Statistic Brain RSS. Statistic Brain Research

Institute, 10 June 2012. Web. 11 June 2013.

1. This source fits my topic because it gave a lot of specifics about Microsoft and what makes them such of a successful company.

2. This is a valid source because the website “Statistic Brain” is focused and dedicated to the numbers and statistics about companies. For this reason we relied on this source for statistics on Microsoft and after researching the founder and CEO Seth Harden we found that he has been a trusted representative for facts about companies.





Kernaghan, Charles. "Working in a Chinese Sweatshop for HP, Microsoft, Dell and IBM | The

Observers." Working in a Chinese Sweatshop for HP, Microsoft, Dell and IBM | The

Observers. France24, 12 Feb. 2009. Web. 13 June 2013

1. This source fits my topic because it focused on what made working in a Microsoft factory so brutal. This was helpful for my project because it supplied evidence on what workers had to endure on a normal day in the factory.

2. This source is valid because it was written by Charles Kernaghan, the executive director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights. Charles is known for exposing sweatshops, corporate greed and poor working and living conditions of workers located around the world.





Eicher, Theo S. THE MICROSOFT ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY. Rep. Department of

Economics, Mar. 2010. Web. 11 June 2013.

1. This source fit my topic perfectly because a major part of Eicher’s report focused on the huge successes of Microsoft and how they contributed to the U.S.

2. This source is valid because the author is professor Theo Eicher who has published four books in his career and is the Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Washington. He has also been a recipient of the Humboldt Research Award.
















Almost every household in the United States owns something made by Microsoft. Microsoft is a multi-billion dollar company that manufactures some of the most recognized and innovative devices of the century. These items include things from Windows on your PC all the way to the XBOX laying next to your computer. Microsoft used these items to turn their company into an empire. Everything about Microsoft seams like it is meant to help people, but their is a dark side. The manufactures of these goods are station in Asia in sweatshop-like factories that abuse their workers. These problems caused by Microsoft's globalization is what will be analyzed in this presentation. Enjoy!
Microsoft, one of the most powerful and innovative industries in the world, Has used globalization for some progress by giving the U.S. and economic gain in their economy, but globalization has proved to bring more problems because of Microsoft's poor compensation of the worker's pay, and human rights abuses of the workers
Microsoft used globalization to spread their company across the world and become successful, but even thought they improved the employment and GDP of the U.S., their factories were an example of their dark side.
They exploited their workers and used them as almost a fleet of slaves by poorly compensating their hours of work with a few cents an hour and abusing the human rights of the workers. These problems are unacceptable and are not acceptable in the U.S. so they shouldn't be in China
Average citizens could step in and solve this problem by raising awareness or boycotting Microsoft products until they change their factory conditions
What the government should do to combat this problem is confront Microsoft and force them to change their policies on their factories or put shipping embargoes on their goods so their is an fine to exploiting workers.
The factory workers for Microsoft need help and anybody can step in and make a difference.
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