Do Good: Support Sweatshop Labour

business_ethics_highlights_2The piece linked below, by Oxford University philosopher William MacAskill, argues that doing good in the word requires using your head. That means, among other things, buying goods made in sweatshops. In other words, ‘conscious consumerism’ is a matter of having a brain, not just of having a heart. >>>

LINK: WE SHOULD BUY CLOTHES MADE IN SWEATSHOPS (by William MacAskill in The Big Issue)

…Conditions in sweatshops are absolutely horrific but campaigns against goods produced there are misguided. Often they are the best job opportunities available to low-skilled workers in poor countries. If you take them away you’re consigning people to even worse conditions: unemployment, scavenging dumps, hustling or prostitution. The average daily earnings among sweatshop workers are $2 in Bangladesh, $5.50 in Cambodia, $7 in Haiti and $8 in India but compare this to the $1.25 per day many citizens in these countries live on….

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