Fast Fashion: Who is to blame? by Michelle

June 24, 2021

 

Fast Fashion: Who is to blame?

According to Anna McCullen the people who are responsible for ensuring our products are ethically manufactured are the states and mass corporate businesses.  In paragraph 15 of an editorial, she states “the United Nations guiding principles on business and human rights says that it falls jointly to states and mass corporate businesses to “protect, respect and remedy” human rights.” The United Nations guiding principles say the states and mass corporate businesses are the ones who are responsible for ensuring our products are ethically made.  The states and corporate businesses are the ones that are responsible because they are a company just like any other and should have the same safety measures because they have the responsibility of their worker’s lives since they work for them. 

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In paragraph 17 McCullen writes, “In a country where a little handshake and a small exchange of money gets the job done, this process often fails to give an accurate picture of factory conditions, building, and fire safety.”  These monitor checks are actually not being done either because the people doing it are lazy or because they simply don’t care if the workers are working in safe conditions.  Western brands rely on these people to make sure the factories are being up to date with the manufacturing when in reality the inspectors bribe the workers with a small exchange of money so they won’t actually need to fix anything.  To add everything up the states and corporate businesses are the ones responsible for ensuring our products are ethically manufactured.

I agree with McCullen that it is the states and mass corporate responsibility for ensuring our products are ethically manufactured because every day the workers are getting paid a few cents while the brands are making a lot of income with the products. The workers should at least be guaranteed that they won’t be injured/ killed because the companies wanted to save up a couple of extra bucks and not put safety measures.  The brands should make sure the inspectors are actually doing their jobs, and they should also put emergency exits around the factories.

https://www.youthvoices.live/fast-fashion-who-is-to-blame/