In Brief 1/2015: Cheap makes hungry
Whereas textile companies make most of their profit on the way from the cotton fields to the finished T-shirt, farmers, dyers, weavers or seamstresses are often living under precarious and undignified conditions. Since the collapse of the Rana Plaza complex on the 24th April 2013, in which more than 1,110 textile workers lost their lives, only little has improved. This is why a U-turn based on determined action is urgently needed: on the part of politicians, businesses and consumers. Instead of voluntary recommendations, we need binding ecological and social minimum standards for cultivation and further processing up to trading and marketing. And thoughtful consumers can support this process, also by building up public pressure.