Video interview with SAI – how retailers can ensure safe, fair and ethical workplaces throughout their supply chains
In this PLMA Live! interview with SAI President Alice Tepper Marlin and Executive Director Eileen Kaufman, host Tim Simmons asked how and why retailers should participate in social accountability programs, and what’s ahead in the field of CSR. PLMA (Private Label Manufacturers Association) is a SAI Corporate Program member at the Supporting level. Below are two excerpts:
How retailers can play an important role in social accountability programs?
It’s clear that social accountability has changed a lot since SAI first started, what’s ahead?
I think the biggest change…is the growth of demand and consumer economy in the developing world. When we began, these [CSR] concerns and systems were found in Europe and the U.S., and then the demand was made for the producers…but there was no demand in the developing world. It’s not so much that the culture was different, it’s that they didn’t have a large consumer market, they didn’t have that many…brands to choose from. There’s a [theory] – ‘Maslow’s Hierarchies of Needs’…now we see it particularly in the BRIC countries -there’s a huge growth in the middle class, and as those consumers have the kind of choices that Europe and the U.S. have had for many more years, the consumers are at least as concerned about the social responsibility issues as we are.”
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