Description: The revolution that has swept the food industry is expanding to retail: origins matter.With fair-trade coffee and organic fruit now standard on grocery shelves, consumers concerned with working conditions, environmental issues and outsourcing are increasingly demanding similar accountability for their T-shirts. The issue has been brought to the forefront by the garment factory collapse in Bangladesh, which killed more than 800 people.
Date: May 08, 2013
Questions for Discussions:
- What are the difficulties for developing a standard index of socially responsible manufacturing for the apparel industry?
- What components do you believe consumers would want to see in the Higgs index?
- Do you think the apparel industry will adopt a standard code acceptable to consumers?
- What percentage of the consumer market do you think would be motivated to shop for “fair trade” apparel products?