Others pay the price for what we buy
When we purchase a pair of jeans, a mobile telephone, a carpet or fruit from the tropics, we can only do so because others have worked to produce these goods – often under abysmal conditions. They may work on an assembly line without breaks, in buildings under the threat of collapse or with dangerous exposure to toxic chemicals. Through our consumer choices, we impact the lives of others.
As consumers, we are able to influence this situation. Our consumer choices help decide whether price alone matters, or if social and environmental criteria also play a role in what we buy.
What Bread for all does
In the North
As a co-founder and supporter of organisations such as Max Havelaar, Claro, Fairwear Foundation, STEP, Clean Clothes Campaign and TerrEspoir, Bread for all is wholeheartedly committed to fair trade.
Bread for all actively lobbies to ensure that the public sector, as a major consumer, takes its responsibilities seriously in countries of production In this vein, we publish statements and studies to strengthen advocacy and support the political platform for fairness taken by pubic officials and decision makers.
In the South
Bread for all supports investigations and studies that expose the often appalling work conditions in the global South, namely, for example, in the IT and apparel industries.
We also support and provide backing to partnering organisations in these countries that are engaged in educating workers about their rights and improving their working conditions.