Made in Misery: Ethics in the garment industry after Rana Plaza

1138 Bangladeshi workers were found dead between loads of garments destined for the European and American markets after the six-floor Rana Plaza complex in the industrial outskirts of Dhaka collapsed on 24 April 2013. How have authorities, businesses, trade unions and NGOs responded? Does the consumer have any sustainable alternatives?

Documentary fair trade coffee from Kivu

The Trade for Development Centre commissioned a documentary about fair trade coffee from Kivu for TV5Monde. The documentary is now available, with English subtitles. A camera crew visited three coffee organisations in Kivu: RAEK, Sopacdi and COOPAC. It shows how fair trade coffee can positively impact the living conditions of the local population, even when the circumstances are tough.

Fish on the menu, but for how much longer?

Senegal has a very large local fishery sector which plays an essential role in local food security. But tens of thousands of fishermen are too many, especially since they have to share the seas with foreign competitors and Russian pirates, which is why fish stocks have declined dramatically. Fortunately, the Senegalese government and the fisheries associations are acting.

Say it with flowers

In 2007, Hilary Benn, Britain's International Development Secretary asked consumers to buy roses from Kenya because importing African flowers is better for the environment in view of the fact they are not grown in heated greenhouses. He added that it makes it easier for African people to make a decent living. But are his arguments right? How sustainable are flowers from the South and how good are the working conditions? And what is fair trade's role in this?
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