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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Great call to action. I think that the issue is more complicated than telling big companies to pay back victims and their families. Businesses need to change their models. Work shouldn't be outsourced this way unless the companies are involved in the workers' lives. The problem is, when corporations hire vendors to produce their products, they can't always be involved in the monitoring the vendors from afar. Perhaps we need to have CSR reps from big companies employed in every factory just to ensure workers are treated well and working conditions are up to par?

    • ListenGirlfriends!

      I completely agree! One of the reasons why I provided so much context was because I wanted to show how deeply flawed the system is while keeping it focused on compensation. As for how to monitor, I think we should avoid relying on companies to monitor factories, because that's a conflict of interest. What is so promising about the Accord is that it gives more power to workers to air their grievances and communicate when conditions are lacking. Also, my next post will be on a living wage factory in the Dominican Republic that has excellent monitoring practices-the Worker's Rights Consortium, an independent monitor (that's the key here-they are NOT connected to any corporation so there's no conflict of interest) audits them. Can't wait to write that post!