Emory Corporate Governance and Accountability Review


Sapna Jain


Sapna Jain explores the meatpacking industry's dependence on undocumented workers and the problem of accountability and business ethics that stems from industry practices. After analyzing a shift in demographics and an increase in non-unionized workers, Jain suggests various options to curb the meatpacking industry's reliance on undocumented workers such as raising wages or lobbying for a path to legal status. These options are contrasted with the current model of paying fines for employed undocumented immigrants. By comparing the meatpacking industry to the pharmaceutical industry, Jain provides illustrations where fines are simply assumed as a cost of doing business. The conclusion suggests consumers become more active and push the meatpacking industry to reform its methods.