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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.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: May 08, 2013

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/09/business/global/fair-trade-movement-extends-to-clothing.html?_r=0&adxnnl=1&pagewanted=all&adxnnlx=1368281426-oc4Zq3mVG3yRJ+6NLnCSRw

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?

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