In 1997, economist Jeffrey Sachs said, "My concern is not that there are too many sweatshops, but that there are too few." (Meyerson, Allen (1997-06-22). "In Principle, A Case for More 'Sweatshops'", The New York Times. Retrieved on 4 April 2008)
In an article about a Nike sweatshop in Vietnam, Johan Norberg wrote, "But when I talk to a young Vietnamese woman, Tsi-Chi, at the factory, it is not the wages she is most happy about. Sure, she makes five times more than she did, she earns more than her husband, and she can now afford to build an extension to her house. But the most important thing, she says, is that she doesn't have to work outdoors on a farm any more... Farming means 10 to 14 hours a day in the burning sun or the intensive rain... The most persistent demand Nike hears from the workers is for an expansion of the factories so that their relatives can be offered a job as well."
Chiquita Brands Bribes The US Govt. To Cover Up Their Terrorism 30 June, 2007 — RickB
Amnesty International: 'What do you do when someone is shot dead in your diamond concessions?' Diamond company official: 'Nothing.'
(1) Amnesty International interview with an official from the DRC's main diamond-mining company, MIBA, in October 2001.
30% of children under age 15 in sub-Saharan Africa engage in child labor, mostly in agricultural activities including cocoa farming. Of the 200,000 children working in the Ivory Coast cocoa industry, a maximum of 6% (12,000 children) may be victims of human trafficking or slavery.
R.J. Reynolds - the same company that once marketed cigarettes to kids with a cartoon character, Joe Camel - has launched a series of flavored cigarettes, including a pineapple and coconut-flavored cigarette called "Kauai Kolada" and a citrus-flavored cigarette called "Twista Lime." In November 2004, they introduced Camel "Winter Blends" in flavors
In testimony at yesterday's one-day food marketing hearing at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science, a McDonald's Corp. executive said the company takes Ronald McDonald to elementary schools and is talking to children as young as 4 in its advertising.