Case Study Discussion Questions As discussed in the Case Study: Global Production and the iPhone Apple has several different global manufactures it uses to build the iPhone. Many components that are used in the manufacturing of the iPhone came from manufacturers from all over the world and these components are assembled in factories in China to make the iPhone. As a consumer, if the iPhone was assembled in Canada I would be willing to pay a few extra hundred dollars for it. It is not too important to me where the iPhone is manufactured, this is because companies are going to build their products wherever they want. What is important to me about where the iPhone and where other products are manufactured is that the people who are working in the assembling factories are working in a safe environment. Also, that they are getting paid a wage that will keep themselves and their families out of poverty. In my opinion, consumers should consider the factors of wages, safety laws, and environmental standards before purchasing a product. These factors should be considered because everyone who is in the workforce around the world deserves to work in a safe environment and get paid a livable wage that will keep them and their family out of poverty. As well, consumers should consider environmental factors before purchasing products because it is not just the local environment that is going to be affected the global environment will also be affected. Especially, in today’s world when we are seeing the effects of climate change worldwide. When considering all these factors consumers before purchasing products should look up the company and see what their track recorded is regarding these areas and if they meet up to the consumer’s standards. There should be global standards for workers safety and environmental protection this is because everyone deserves to work in a safe place and the environment is something that affects everyone across the world. Also, if there were environmental standards in place globally it would benefit areas where environmental protections are not strong because companies could no longer dump things that are harmful to the environment without consequences. Regarding a standard for a global wage, I think there should be one. To me, this standard should be that everyone in the global workforce should be paid a wage that is guaranteed to keep themselves and their families out of poverty. In regard to question three in the case study “most global production takes advantage of each country’s comparative strengths or assets, and the result is a great product at a good price”. The textbook definition of capitalism is “A system of production in which human labor and its products are commodities that are bought and sold in the marketplace”. Comparing the textbook definition to what the statement in question three capitalism is supposed to work this way. Companies are going to buy the cheapest components possible for their products and they are going to assemble their products in places where they can pay the lowest wages possible to maximize their profits. Other Discussion Questions The way my quality of life is shaped by the operation of the global economy is that me as a consumer I have access to a variety of products that are considered cheap to buy because they are imported from places where there are lower safety regulations and lower wages than here in Canada. As a consumer, this makes my quality of life easy because I and everyone else lives in a throwaway culture where we can purchase products cheaply and instead of taking care of our things we just throw them away and get new ones. I do personally believe that personal choices do make a difference in the global economy. Although these choices will only make a small impact it is still making an impact and every change that there is in the economy has to start somewhere. There is a huge point in advocating responsible consumption because if enough people hear about it and start taking an interest in it real change can happen. When enough people advocate for something people and companies do start to listen.