Are consumers ultimately responsible for conditions in sweatshops?

  • If you buy it, they will come

    Consumers need to take a stance on products made in sweatshops or through foreign outsourcing, but because these products are cheap and convenient, consumers decide to ignore the moral and ethical implications of buying a product that might support something that's just north of slave labor. If consumers do not buy, the message will be heard loud and clear.

  • Yes, by the choices they make.

    Yes, I believe consumers are ultimately responsible for conditions in sweatshops. I believe we, as consumers, condone the conditions in sweatshops every time we make a purchase from a company whose goods are produced under those conditions. In order to put a stop to these conditions, we need to band together and boycott these companies by not purchasing from the stores that carry their goods.

  • To A Degree

    Yes, consumers are ultimately responsible for conditions in sweatshops. Companies provide products that people want to buy and they provide them at prices people are willing to pay. When you go to Wal-Mart and buy a T-shirt for $7.50, just keep in mind that, that shirt was made in a sweatshop and the person who made it is living in poverty. And because you bought that T-shirt, you are most certainly part of the problem.

  • Yes, consumers are responsible for sweatshops.

    I think that consumers are ultimately responsible for conditions in sweatshops. While a lot of the blame does fall on the countries and nations that do not do enough to regulate such things, if consumers stopped by such products, sweatshops would not exist. I think people should research where their products are made.

  • Consumers are not ultimately responsible for conditions in sweatshops.

    Although the purchases consumers make are a factor which contributes to the conditions in sweatshops, the owners of the business are ultimately responsible. The casualties caused by the Triangle Shirt Waist Fire in 1911 which killed 146 garment workers were very much the fault of the owners who crammed approximately 200 workers per floor, filled with flammable material and then locked the door to a vital stairwell to prevent theft.

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