The alternative to purchasing cheap foreign goods that are produced by forced labor or child labor is purchasing fairtrade goods. Fair trade seeks to alleviate poverty rather than exploit it.
“Fair trade is an organized social movement and market-based approach that aims to help producers in developing countries and promote sustainability.” Wikipedia.
The Fair Trade Federation further defines Fair Trade as “building equitable and sustainable trading partnerships and creating opportunities to alleviate poverty.”
There are certifying agencies that verify whether goods are produces in a manner consistent with Fair Trade. “Fairtrade certification is a product certification system designed to allow people to identify products that meet agreed environmental, labour and developmental standards.” Wikipedia.
It is not enough to condemn those who use forced labor or child labor to produce cheap goods, action must be taken. Do not knowingly buy goods produced unethically, but find goods produced in a manner that does not exploit people. Change starts with you.
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