Offshoring: Exploitation or Emancipation?

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Alsbridge, the Independent Advisors on Outsourcing, Shared Services and Offshoring, air their views on the ethics of offshoring in a new report that explains why offshoring could eventually be construed as a badge of social corporate responsibility. According to the report “Offshoring: Exploitation or Emancipation?” offshoring is not necessarily the example of destructive global capitalism that its critics portray it to be. In fact, at a time when shareholders and stakeholders are increasingly insistent on social responsibility, offshoring actually has some impeccable ethical credentials.

Alsbridge, the Independent Advisors on Outsourcing, Shared Services and Offshoring, air their views on the ethics of offshoring in a new report that explains why offshoring could eventually be construed as a badge of social corporate responsibility.

According to the report “Offshoring: Exploitation or Emancipation?” (available at http://www.alsbridge.com/offshoring_ethics_report.shtml), offshoring is not necessarily the example of destructive global capitalism that its critics portray it to be. In fact, at a time when shareholders and stakeholders are increasingly insistent on social responsibility, offshoring actually has some impeccable ethical credentials.

In retaliation to arguments that offshoring exploits workers in developing worlds, the report claims that the evolution of a global services industry is providing developing economies with a new route to development and technology transfer. It is driving positive changes in infrastructure, law, and even society – as some women’s groups point towards the emancipation of women in traditional societies.

Furthermore, the report informs the reader that offshoring is opening the door for employment and transforming people into professionals. And, although there is a startling pay gap with the western world, service sector jobs offered by multinationals typically offer the best employment conditions and opportunities available in developing countries.

Sweta Patel, the report author summarises: “Because offshoring is so driven by the ‘numbers’, such non-financial issues can get ignored. All too often these aspects are dismissed as ‘soft’ and therefore fail to receive appropriate management attention.”

To receive a free copy of the report, please contact Helen Ricardo on +44(0) 20 7242 0666.

About Alsbridge

Alsbridge (http://www.Alsbridge.com) is the premier consulting firm providing unbiased advice on the use of Outsourcing, Shared Services and Offshoring for functions such as Information Technology (IT), Human Resources (HR), Finance & Accounting (F&A), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Procurement, and other business processes. With a global presence across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, we provide clients with unmatched functional experience and in-depth industry knowledge. We help clients reduce costs, improve processes and maximize shareholder value through the use of both onshore and offshore Outsourcing and Shared Services.

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