In the apparel industry there is an infamous history

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In the apparel industry there is an infamous history for labor abuse and more often than not results in tragedies, in particularly in factory settings. By this there is abuses such as abysmally low pay, resulting in many situations where workers and farmers receive only a small fraction of the final cost of a garment. Through fair trade, help is given to individuals, specifically at the time where labor is the most intensive. Another very important aspect and aim in fair trade is to allow farmers and workers to have control. Thus allowing them to achieve a voice and a position of power in their workplace. If we, the people of a capitalistic society and social norm are to begin to look at people as people and not as things in which help us to bring in profit there will be a substantial change in specifically for those who aren’t being paid adequately. Who is to say that fashion cannot be made in a safe and clean way to that otherwise doesn’t harm those creating the clothing and the earth in which we use to do so? While large companies and their CEO’s don’t see the effect that this will have on our planet and it’s inhabitants. More than half of the world’s poorest 1.2 billion people are women and girls. Women work longer hours than men, for less pay, often in worse jobs. They do hours of unpaid work in 5
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the home. In developing countries most women work without employment contracts, often as low-paid farm workers. Many support their families through small-scale farming or crafts production. Women factory workers are less likely than men to demand better working conditions. Women’s poverty goes hand in hand with disempowerment – not having a say in decisions that affect their lives. Yet women often offer the best solutions for poverty reduction. Giving women and girls more of a say is crucial to improving the lives of the world’s poorest people. This film really touched on the hard truth that although for now our planet seems to be in a okay place to live, our posterity may have to deal with the adverse effects of our need for new clothing and a cheap way of getting it. Fair trade is imperative, although it doesn’t benefit those who think that cheap labor for cheap clothing sold at a high price is fine. 6
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Works Cited Bodley, John H. Victims of Progress . Lanham: Altamira, 2008. eBook. Li, Y., Zhao, X., Shi, D., & Li, X. (2014). Governance o f sustainable supply chains in the fast fashion industry. European Management Journal, 32(5), 823-836. Retrieved from ? accountid=14613 "The True Cost | A Documentary Film." The True Cost. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2016. "About | True Cost | A Fashion Film." The True Cost. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2016. 7
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  • Fall '16
  • Dr. Amina Tawasil
  • Factory, true cost

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