Culture, safety and privacy norms abroad present challenges for HR (Web sight)

Practitioners must navigate China's poor safety record and India's lack of privacy legislation
By Ann Macaulay
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/01/2006

Cheap labour and lower manufacturing costs are driving companies to open branch offices in other jurisdictions, including China, India, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. But the labour standards there are often very different from those in most Western countries, posing problems for organizations and their HR departments. Some American companies have come under attack for operating sweatshops in other countries, while others have found the standards of privacy differ greatly from one country to another. Social and cultural norms can also affect how HR professionals do their jobs in other countries.

Balancing safety and profit in China