Volume 28, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 2008
Daniel E. Lee
Human Rights and the Ethics of Investment in China
According to various reports, human rights violations in China include the detention of activists, forced abortions and sterilizations, and the repression of religious and spiritual groups, among others. Yet foreign direct investment in China is growing rapidly, as is outsourcing to Chinese producers. By adapting the Sullivan Principles (drafted for operations in South African before the end of apartheid) to China, this essay maps out ethical guidelines for U.S. companies operating in China.