Business Ethics

Are You Hiring Children to Make Your Clothes?

Children making rugsOf course you aren’t hiring children, at least not on purpose.  But are you sure?  The reality is that unless you’re buying fair trade clothing, you can’t be confident that your clothes have not been made by a child or in a sweatshop.  While there are few fair trade options available for consumers today, this may change soon. [click to continue…]

Sustainability is Good Business

One of the reasons that fair trade make sense is that it rewards ethical decision making and sustainable business practices. The result benefits everyone from producer to end consumer. Here are some recent news articles that describe the business benefits of doing the right thing.
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Promoting Safe and Fair Working Conditions

As ethical consumers, we have a responsibility to know where the products we buy come from and how they were made.  This can be challenging as products are often assembled from components that were made in multiple countries.  The United Nations and International Labour Organization (ILO) have defined labor standards that are designed to be applied throughout the world.  A key aspect of fair trade certification is verification that products are not made with child labor, forced labor, or unsafe working conditions. [click to continue…]

Empowerment – Not Charity

Teach a man to fish and he'll eat for a lifetime.One of the most powerful benefits of fair trade is its ability to create sustainable economic models that lift developing countries out of the cycle of poverty and dependency on foreign aid and charity.  Fair Trade Connect promotes empowerment and not just charity.

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