10. BUY FAIR TRADE PRODUCTS
Find out how you or your company can support fair trade and help reduce the demand for products made by slaves. Visit www.fairtrade.org.uk for more details.
Buying Fair Trade is one big way to reduce the demand of slave labor. However, after extensive research on some of my favorite brand names, I’ve come to realize that the things I want and the places I shop at should all be under scrutiny.
Websites and organizations like Slavery Footprint and Free2Work are just two places to start searching for information on what you purchase that uses the work of slave laborers. However, ultimately it’s your responsibility to find out if your favorite store is doing its part to keep its work slave free. Look for a “Code of Conduct” listed on their website. I was surprised to find out that Forever 21 is a frequent abuser of sweatshops worldwide and even within the U.S. On the other hand, American Eagle has taken great strides to create a comprehensive code of conduct to keep all those employed directly and indirectly (i.e. factories abroad) safe, happy, healthy, and fairly compensated. They even document where and when factories have been found to abuse their workers and what they’ve done over time to curb unethical practices in their supply chain.
Buying Fair Trade is one way to make sure you don’t have to worry about the research, though.
[based on The A21 Campaign’s “21 Ways to Help” List]