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The Not So Evil Corporation No one can argue that Ralph Lauren has established an empire Ralph Laurens business acumen and style have elevated him to a position which enables him to portray the ideal American life style and culture in the products he sells worldwide Diving into retail with a dream and 26 boxes of ties in 1967 Mr Lauren hit the streets selling Today he celebrates the 35th year of his company Polo Ralph Lauren as it has grown to become a 10 billion dollar global business that produces designer clothing fragrances home collections and even paint One way Polo Ralph Lauren has been so successful is that fact that they do not own a factory This lets the company avoid costly liabilities giving them power and flexibility Due to Polos huge buying power they can get contractors to build new factories in third world countries In these countries where the workers are many but opportunities are few they bring in new technology factories and jobs which give hope in an otherwise depressing economic situation However there are those who say that companies such as Polo are condoning and supporting Sweat Shops These people are certainly mistaken Most factories are modern safe facilities similar to those in the United States The workers have benefits such as Freedom of Association Overtime Compensation and no Child Labor In fact several of the worlds largest clothing companies including Adidas Nike Reebok Levi Strauss Eddie Bauer Patagonia Liz Claiborne and Polo Ralph Lauren have voluntarily joined a regulatory body the Fair Labor Association In joining the FLA these and other companies have committed to a rigorous Code of Conduct internal and external monitoring and compliance with all international labor standards Then some condemn the vile corporations because they pay someone in Thailand 25 cents per hour to make shirts They certainly arent going to get rich on that 25 cents per hour but then
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