Welsh climbing company DMM were hugely informative in their feedback
What are sweatshops, and how do we influence them?
Are sweatshops so bad?
Red bars shows nations with less economic freedom, the green bars those with more.
A figure from Free the Worlds 2011 report (pdf)
(sweatshop critics) say that we shouldn't buy from countries like Vietnam because of its labor standards, they've got it all wrong. They're saying: "Look, you are too poor to trade with us. And that means that we won't trade with you. We won't buy your goods until you're as rich as we are." That's totally backwards. These countries won't get rich without being able to export goods.
Can there ever be fair labour in an oppressive regime?
The state of the world’s children: UNICEF
Is it right then, even with the most careful controls for fair labour, to support regimes that consistently get labelled as being oppressive?
A lot of questions, not a lot of answers...
Part two is now available here.