Archive for March, 2012
Japan says it will shoot down a North Korean rocket if necessary, as new satellite images appeared to show preparations for the launch next month. In the opening scenes of The Third World War a North Korean missile hits a US base in Japan.
What happens next?
Because of the high level of debate prompted by my film The Supply Chain Children, I am pasting my comments response here:-
Child labor is OK if, as with you, Jorg, it’s work in the family shop, farm or business. It is not OK if the child is kept out of school, away from the family, and in a dangerous environment such as working with machetes, pesticides or the dreadful pollution in the cotton factories.
What multi-nationals do to improve the situation will differ on a case by case basis. But they must acknowledge that they have a responsibility and get involved — and increasingly they will need to show evidence of this to their customers. Until a few years ago, the view from the boardroom was that this was not their issue.
Nor should they hide behind vested interests and corrupt national governments.
The rights of the child are enshrined in UN charters and other international and national agreements. The more forward- looking multi-nationals are beginning to realise, also, that by exploiting their supply chain they risk losing it because people, even at that bottom billion end, have choices.
My film on profits and abuses, particularly to children, in making consumer goods is on BBC Channel and World this weekend. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01dz7k6 14.30 & 21.30 Saturday; 23.30 Sunday.
Globalisation has brought the world’s goods to the west. But how can rich consumers be sure they are buying food and clothing manufactured without harming workers – especially children? Humphrey Hawksley reports.