Tuesday, December 21, 2010
by Crystal Huskey
We have seen the ugly side of globalization, the economic kick-in-the-butt of out-sourcing and off-shoring. We have also seen foreign investors, at the advice of the World Bank, buy up businesses in Africa, strip their assets and abandon them. With the advent of social media and instant access to world events, we know that this system is failing. Exploiting the developing world is not a nice way to do business.
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isolated areas and provides a sustainable
All that to say this: fair trade will be a big part of this movement. Fair trade has been around a while, but is now becoming more mainstream. Walmart now carries fair trade coffee, which in essence means, "we pay the laborers in the coffee fields a fair wage and do not exploit them. We create jobs and want to make the world a more fair, equal place for everyone." Other businesses employ people in isolated areas as craftsmen and sell the wares for a profit in the States, while giving the workers good pay so that they don't have to travel to the cities. Now wouldn't that be an exciting field to be a part of?
The information age makes us aware of what's happening and lays a responsibility on the consumer that has never been felt before. Look for Fair Trade labeling on your products. You will have a more unique product and know that you are helping to change the world.