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Sustainability Issues impacted by Global Sourcing


  • Expertise loss in key areas like engineering, IT, business process operations and others
  • Impact on company's ability to innovate - develop new products, find new markets or identify new business and operating models.
  • Loss of apprenticeship opportunities for younger employees to learn the trade.
  • Less internal employees ready for promotion to senior ranks.
  • Loss of control over outsourced functions.
  • Log term dependence on outsource companies for company success.
  • More susceptible to disasters in offshore countries.
  • Impact on employee morale, employee loyalty and employee turnover.
  • Impact on wealth disparity between rich and poor and size of middle class in the offshore country.
  • Impact on wealth disparity between rich and poor and size of middle class in the US.

Issues to handle to make outsourcing sustainable for your company


  • Operational - quality, cost and effectiveness
  • Strategic - competency, innovation, dependence
  • Organizational - employee morale, talent availability, organizational structure
  • Company image/reputation
  • Societal Issues - unemployment, gap between rich and poor