According to McCullen’s editorial the brands are responsible for ensuring that the products are ethically made. McCullen claims that the responsibility has to fall somewhere and that “the  United Nations guiding principles on business and human rights says that it falls jointly to states and mass corporate businesses…” She states this because she wants to show how it’s clearly the responsibility of the brands to ensure that the worker’s human rights are respected. Like she says, it’s not the consumers but the brands who have to take responsibility for the problems the industry faces.

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Another of  McCullen’s claims is   that “In a country where a little hand shake 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.” this connects to the assertion that the brands are responsible because its the companies job to make sure that the source of their products, being the factories , are in good and safe conditions for the workers. This is a great evidence to the assertion because she’s basically saying that the consumers really can’t do anything about the working conditions that these people are in , only the brands/companies can do that. Therefore, The brands are responsible for making sure that their products are made ethically.  

Based on what I have read I partially disagree with McCullen. I state this because I do not believe that the the brands are fully at fault for the conditions the workers are in. I think that the consumers also have a bit of responsibility because they are the ones who are always demanding more fast fashion. Consumers are also the one who give more and more power to these companies and most of the time decide not to research if the clothing they are buying are being ethically made. As consumers it is our job to demand that the companies are more transparent about what goes on in the industry.

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Robyn
July 15, 2021 1:16 pm

Dear Edward,:
I am interested about your post, “Fast Fashion: Who’s Job is it to ensure that products are ethically made? ” because among things like the recent building collapse due to inadequacy of building codes and lack of communcation i fell like this goes at a critical time.One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “This is a great evidence to the assertion because she’s basically saying that the consumers really can’t do anything about the working conditions that these people are in , only the brands/companies can do that.” I think this is both right and wrong because i think companies would also listen more once they realized that consumers don’t want unethical material. o a do think it would be helpful if they spoke. So i do agree with your analysis and not what Mcullens’s saying.
Another quote that stood out was “As consumers it is our job to demand that the companies are more transparent about what goes on in the industry.” because it further illustrates what i stated above.
Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you are great at analyzing your sources and providing clear concise writing.

Harry Brake
Reply to  Robyn
July 15, 2021 8:34 pm

Robyn, I like how you look at both sides of this issue – and in reality, since you picked this article, in the profile setup – step 3- maybe you indeed should have (and maybe did) choose the template for agree.disagree, but you did well! I was curious, wasn’t sure when you typed, “o a do think ” – did you mean to say there, “or do you think?”

I do think consumers have a much larger say on companies if more voices are heard – same as voting – more voices need to be heard to have positive change in all areas.

Robyn
Reply to  Harry
July 19, 2021 12:35 pm

Yes, slight typo I meant “and i do think”. I agree with Edward’s statements and disagreed with McMullen’s.

Michelle
June 25, 2021 3:59 pm

I have to agree with Edward. I also believe the consumers are at fault because by buying clothes from the company we are supporting them and basically saying it is okay they leave their factories in that poor condition. As consumers, we should be researching if our clothes are ethically produced.

Jennifer
June 25, 2021 3:42 pm

I agree with you that consumers should be more aware if the clothing they are purchasing is being ethically made. I would also agree with you that companies should be more transparent about what is going on in the industry.

Luis
June 25, 2021 3:41 pm

I disagree with you when you said “I think that the consumers also have a bit of responsibility because they are the ones who are always demanding more fast fashion.” I disagree with this because no one really knows where the clothes come from or what conditions they were made in they just see nice clothes and want them. I also disagree with “Consumers are also the ones who give more and more power to these companies and most of the time decide not to research if the clothing they are buying are being ethically made” I disagree with this because until we really hear about this topic or learn about it then it goes unnoticed and we don’t really realize whats happening.

Kevin M
June 25, 2021 3:40 pm

I agree with your opinion Edward because if it wouldn’t have been for the consumers demanding more cheap clothing the brands wouldn’t have to do such things to satisfy their customers and its also partially the brands fault too because it’s also their job to make sure their workers are in the right environment to be working.

Veronica
June 25, 2021 3:40 pm

Edward, I completely agree with you when you say, ¨ Consumers are also the ones who give more and more power to these companies and most of the time decide not to research if the clothing they are buying are being ethically made.¨ I agree with you because consumers do give a lot of power to companies producing fast fashion. Consumers encourage the brands to get more and more non-ethical products.

Ghaleb
June 25, 2021 3:39 pm

I disagree with the part when he said “ I think that the consumers also have a bit of responsibility because they are the ones who are always demanding more fast fashion.” I disagree with that because we are not the people who made the product. I agree with him when he said “ this connects to the assertion that the brands are responsible because its the companies job to make sure that the source of their products” because they are the people selling it and the have to check if it’s good to sell or not.

Diana
June 25, 2021 3:39 pm

I believe what you said is our fault because of the power we give to that company on buying their brands dealing with businesses. I may disagree in this case because the businesses know what they have but this is dealing with the environment that is being polluted because of the company not making sure if they are ethically made. I agree with the fact that you said “consumers make them have power by buying their clothing ” but have you ever thought about the environment being hurt just because of the businesses not caring. For the simple fact of them just not caring about other things like humans.

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