Solution: Working With Businesses Directly

I think the most effective way to deal with slavery and wage issues and working conditions is to work with the corporations. I have appeared at schools and universities, among many other places, to talk about this issue. But I think students are not the best people to work with. Often their attention and concentration wanders. Today they may be engaged with Darfur; tomorrow it could be something else.

It takes time and a lot of pressure, a lot of patience to get corporations to come around. My book has some examples of how advocacy groups succeeded after a long struggle. Corporations spend millions to create a good image. They don’t like a bad image, bad publicity. In some cases, when they stopped dealing with slave labor and inhuman working conditions, they went on to do more than the advocacy groups were asking them to.

Read the whole interview at Rediff.com.

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