Many companies have questionable pasts in terms of their involvement in sweat shop labor. Some, even after their illicit practices have surfaced, still continue to neglect and disregard human rights, all the while developing better strategies to sprinkle pixie dust over their tracks. Sean Jean, Nike, the Gap and most recently, Forever 21, have all fallen under scrutiny for allegedly mistreating their employees. Although status quo dictates that said company should release a statement vehemently denying such atrocious allegations, the fact remains that many companies that we all know and love do not give two pennies about the people who slave over a machine attempting to create fashion for all of us to don like a second skin
Will their supposed/proven unethicality stop people from indulging in the latest trends? I mean, Forever 21 has decent looking clothing at cheap prices; will people really stop shopping there once they hear that it functions through bullying their employees, for example? I doubt it. The argument behind that, among others, is: “If we stopped buying from every company who supported modern day slavery, we’d be walking around naked…and we all know that indecent exposure is illegal.” It is clearly not everyone who will do a background check about a clothing line before purchasing their apparel. However, does this nonchalance indicate that the purchaser in question, similarly to the companies it is supporting with their hard earned cash, does not value their fellow man?
Do you boycott companies that use sweatshops ? If so why?
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