companies named and shamed
companies who no ethical code of conduct for their overseas
suppliers are named and shamed in a new book by Leeds
lecturer William Young and Professor Richard Welford from
the University of Huddersfield.
book, Ethical Shopping, classifies major companies such
as B&Q, Sainsbury's, Debenhams and Habitat in league
tables, based on information they provide about their
fair trade and ethical policies, on issues such as child
labour, slave labour, and wider working conditions.
in environment and business, Dr Young, explains: "The
classification ranges from half a star for companies which
have something on paper somewhere, to five star for those
who have a comprehensive code including sustainable development
and environmental, social and economic issues. No company
was rated five star."
percent of all retailers with their own-brand products
produced in developing countries were below the two stars
category, meaning they either do not have a code of conduct,
are in the process of developing one or have one but without
who came top of the table with four stars included Smile
internet banking, Traidcraft and the Body Shop.
Among those at the bottom with half a star were Benetton,
IKEA, Habitat, Laura Ashley, Dixons and Hamleys.
book also looks at globalisation in general, what initiatives
can be taken to combat child and slave labour and examples
of codes of conduct across all sectors, from food, clothing
and banking to footwear, health and beauty and home shopping.
Young: "By ranking the companies, we can help shoppers
make informed choices about what they buy and from where,
so they can shop with a clearer conscience."
Shopping is published by Fusion Press at £7.99.
To order, phone 02079 285 599 or see www.visionpaperbacks.co.uk