Fair Trade And Its Effects On Society

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Fair Trade Who am I? I work around twelve to fourteen hours every single day, I make barely enough money to survive, I work in some of the most dangerous conditions in the world, and I am exploited based on the poverty I live in. I am a garment worker in a developing country. While most people would assume that this describes slaves a long time ago, this is actually a current issue that we have a much greater impact on than we may realize. When we purchase clothing from stores such as H&M or Forever 21, with every dollar tank top, or a cheap pair of jeans we purchase, we are encouraging this sort of modern day slavery. The label for Fair Trade was created in 1988, and over the years, the certification has changed rapidly and now there are a number of standards companies have to abide by to achieve the Fair Trade label. Due to this, consumers are now guaranteed of the morality of the product (Marcovitz page 27). The book Fair Trade describes what Fair Trade really stands for by saying, “Fair Trade displays a radical shift in trade policy by using morality instead of personal and corporate gain as the motive in the world economy” (Fair Trade page 1). This means that instead of getting wealthy being the main goal for the entrepreneurs at the top of companies, the goal is to help workers and make the world a more fair place. They do this by paying a living wage to their employees, giving them contractual rights, giving them a reasonable amount of hours, and countless other of
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