Cracker Barrel on Regulating Responsibility

Business and the Environment

Challenging the old model, no really challenging it

Maybe we’ve been going about the regulation of sweatshop labor all wrong.  Knights Apparel, supplier to a large market base already, has established factories that pay well above the minimum wage and operate with a smaller profit margin.

If you really want to challenge the system, maybe the answer isn’t to regulate responsibility through standards and market incentives but to go out and open a responsible business.

To clarify, Knights Apparel is closely associated with the Worker’s Rights Consortium which is a standard bearer for working conditions in college apparel suppliers.  Knights Apparel is also hoping to harness the markets it already has access to in order to be able to take the lower profit margin.

Read the story from the NYTimes here.


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