Saturday, May 3, 2014

Social Justice Saturday: Fair Trade

Below is an example (found on Elephant Journal) of why it is so important to support companies that pay a living wage.  While this shirt costs consumers $14 and gives the retailer over $8 in profit, the person who actually made the shirt was paid 12 cents.  This is even less than what the agent made.  While I often hear complaints about everything being made overseas, I rarely hear any thoughts on the workers who literally slave away to give us cheap products (because we demand them) and help large corporations make even more money.  Even doubling a worker's wages would make a significant impact on his or her life while having virtually no impact on the retailer's bottom line.  What person in the developed world would want to make a shirt and be paid 12 cents?


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