Monday, June 30, 2008

Green at what cost?

Conrad MacKerron, director of corporate social responsibility at As You Sow, has done a great piece on the "greening" of retailers' policies and its implications for workers rights. He touches on the labor abuses by Toyota mentioned in a new report by the National Labor Committee. "The urgency with which environmental groups, Al Gore, and the media have touted climate change as the defining issue of our time has resulted in related workplace safety and health issues getting brushed aside," he writes. This is a subject that is near and dear to my heart: I believe that we have all become complacent about the human impact of our bargain hunting, even as we worry about the environmental consequences of our water bottles and flights to London. Read his great piece on here.

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