Jean Lievens: Sharing Economy Steeped in Ethical Controversy

Commerce, Cultural Intelligence, Ethics
Jean Lievens
Jean Lievens

The Sharing Economy is Steeped in Ethical Controversy


According to Vice contributor Kelly Carlin, the term “sharing economy” has become a misnomer. By attaching the word “sharing” to a service it gives clients a warm fuzzy feeling, like attaching “green” or “all natural.” Carlin calls it ‘sharewashing.’ “Peel back the wrapper and you find that beneath its promised efficiencies and innovations, the sharing economy moniker can sometimes whitewash operations that are tax-shifting, labour-regulation-skirting and tip-stealing,” she writes.

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