What Can We Do
Shift our spending patterns
We should try to shift our spending away from problem companies to responsible companies. Check out the Responsible Shopping page to find out more about this. Choose one or more products that you buy often and commit to purchasing it only from a fair trading organization.
Actions can have great results!
If you would like to help, you can check out the actions of the following organizations:
Raise awareness at the retail level and the manufacturing level
Ask retail stores if their products were manufactured without sweatshops or child labor, and how they know. contact major corporations and ask them to demonstrate that they are meeting all the conditions of a fair labor company. Green America's What You Can Do contains a list of sample questions you can ask a retailer.
Boycotts can help, but only when they are well organized and when the workers themselves have decided that they need one in order to have their voices heard. Boycotts that are not well organized may harm workers by creating less demand for products, thus forcing workers out of jobs. A well organized boycott will cause a company to change the working conditions in a factory, instead of simply closing it down. You can read more about how to organize a boycott at Green America's Boycotts page. You can also find out about boycotts that have been demanded by checking the current actions of the organizations that work to end sweatshops and child labor.
Image of freed children by Kay Chernush for the U.S. State Department.
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