In the Global Economy today families, children, workers, resources, the?environment, living wages and human rights don’t matter. People often?ask when they come to understand what a maquiladora or sweatshop does?to hardworking people in poorer countries, “What can I do?”??You can promote, support and buy fair trade. Or, if you’re an investor?(e.g., retirement funds) you can put your money into socially?responsible corporations– companies that have a commitment not to hurt?people or the environment, buyers and sellers who are committed to?making all of the human links in the chain of production from factory?or land to buyer and consumer free of abuse, discrimination and?destruction of the environment.
It’s that simple.
WOMEN AND FAIR TRADE: NOT ALL MAQUILADORAS ARE SWEATSHOPS
No! Any factory can operate as a fair and free trade workplace. The management simply have to commit to decent terms and conditions of employment. Above is a photo of women once employed by a NAFTA factory and who now get decent wages, time to care for their children and decent work schedules. Their employer is Fábrica Dignidad y Justice (D&J) and is housed in the building of the Comité Fronterizo de Obreras (CFO) (Committee of Women Border Workers), a Mexico based grassroots nonprofit that teaches workers how to fight for their rights in the workplace under Mexican labor law.