The myth of the ethical shopper

The myth of the ethical shopper. Pressuring Western big brands doesn’t work (any more, at least), the improvement of working conditions needs to come from the ground up.

“Foxconn has a factory in Indiana. It is not a sweatshop. That isn’t because Foxconn carries out such great audits or offers entrepreneurship classes. It’s because it is located in a country with functioning institutions.”

There’s some interesting and encouraging stories of how Brazil has tackled these issues (“Brazilian inspectors act more like McKinsey consultants than cops”).


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