Clueless incompetence meets western and third world greed over and over in the fantasy world of do-gooding NGOs; a particularly chilling example comes from a Bloomberg story today about how children in Burkino Faso are beaten and abused to produce “fair trade” cotton and high priced Victoria’s Secret underwear. After describing the horrific conditions under which children all over the country are forced into labor on the organic, fair trade cotton farms, the piece notes that these abuses have been reported before. The NGO responsible for the “fair trade” label appears to have done little to follow up reports of widespread child abuse and exploitation. Victoria’s Secret executives appear to have been too busy thinking up sexy new lingerie ideas and writing catalog copy praising their exalted company ethics to ask any questions.Read the whole piece and understand that much of the global do-gooding industry works in exactly this way. Consumers feel virtuous, companies get a marketing boost, NGO executives get paid and the kids in the cotton fields labor on as before. Making the world a better place is hard, but you can make a lot of money telling people that it’s easy. That is exactly what a lot of NGOs do.
Organic, "Fair Trade" Products Made By Child Slaves