Its happened all over South America!
Its happened all over South America!
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Well spotted, thankyou sir...
You can't really make a more informed decision, because all you're seeing is the customer facing staff of a shop, not the supply chain.
I used the phrase "more informed" not "completely informed", the point still stands, how certain do you really want to be that your Ethics are not compromised by your consumption?
It's one thing to get hot and bothered about how a business operates (or another section of a business in another country, which you may or may not have dealings with), but what real action / changes will the OP personally be undertaking, and whining on a web forum / blog / facebook doesn't count.
Are you actually going to change your behaviour as a consumer?
Have you written to your MEP expressing your dissmay at the fact that Amazon are operating an arm of their business in a manner which would not be acceptable to UK consumers in another area of the EU. And that by taking advantage of European trade and border arrangements they derive profits from UK sales via this arm of the business essentially implicating their UK customers in their shabby overseas practises... Have you demanded the EU Act?
Well? Have you?
It's not as simple as just being happy to pay a bit more because the correlation between price and the social/environmental/ethical impact is not always clear, sometimes the alternatives aren't there, and people take advantage.
For instance with clothes (and most stuff) I don't buy much, but when I do I try to buy quality and choose stuff that I'll have for years and I'm prepared to pay a premium, especially if it's made in a first world country. So that means no £5 T-shirts from H&M or wherever. But then a lot of the alternatives are still made in the far east, they're just a lot more expensive and have better copywriting to go with them. So while I'm prepared for the price to reflect some realistic cost of production (where cost isn't just the cheapest bottom line but all the hand-wavy stuff as well) I'm not prepared to be gouged. A lot of the time companies make it hard to tell which is which.
We can demand from our politicians, that's good. We should be using our purchasing power as well. Stop buying from companies that are acting in a way that does not agree with your ethics. Do something, stop moaning. Action is positive then tell some why you are doing it. I do not shop in supermarkets, it makes no difference at all but I feel great about doing them out of my money and giving it to my local veg supplier and other shops.
I blame this chap...
Looks like a good time to post this. Sorry for the long image but the page on which I found it was a bit more moralistic, the image itself is more economics based (with only a little moralising).
Molgrips, really like that. Could apply to Tesasdburyirsons. It could also be applied to many companies of a none retail type.
It's not as simple as just being happy to pay a bit more because the correlation between price and the social/environmental/ethical impact is not always clear, sometimes the alternatives aren't there
"You don't have to be a neonazi to be a shaven-headed jackbooted nazi fashion wearing employee of Hess Security...but it helps!"
Not every part of every industry works this way.
That's not what I said. Every industry works that way. Guaranteed. It might not be every part of every industry, but you'll definately find every industry benefits from screwing employees over in their business at some level.
edit: And I'm not talking about Mrs Bobbin's flower shop here, medium to large businesses.
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