July 27

Ethical Labels Not Fit for Purpose, Report Warns Consumers

By Oliver Balch

Many of the world’s leading certification standards are not only failing to improve the ethical conduct of large corporations but are serving to entrench abusive business practices, a damning new report argues.

The study of 40 global voluntary initiatives, including emblematic on-pack labelling schemes such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Fairtrade International, identifies multiple failures in what it refers to as a “grand experiment” in corporate accountability.

Photo courtesy of Ray Witlin

Source: The Guardian (link opens in a new window)

Agriculture, Energy
corporations, human rights, supply chains