Thursday, February 4, 2010
Rawlings and Haiti
The New York Times has an interesting column about Rawlings and its commitment to Haiti. The basic idea is that Rawlings used to produce baseballs in Haiti, and therefore should feel obligated to move their production back there to help out the country after the earthquake. Rawlings had a plant there a couple decades ago that employed 1,000 workers, but they transferred their production to a plant in Costa Rica due to political instability. While I agree that Haiti should receive as much support, both financial and logistical, in the wake of this terrible tragedy as possible, I don't think Rawlings has any obligation to open a plant there. I really hope they would contribute to the rebuilding efforts out of a sense of goodwill, but to move their production to a country that is still unstable, and which had major infrastructure issues even before the earthquake, just seems off. Suggesting that they have an obligation to do so seems very off. What do you all think? Should Rawlings feel obligated to reopen their plant in Haiti?