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    Conor Woodman(Author)

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Many of our favourite brands now openly espouse 'ethical' credentials, so how is it that they can import billions of pounds' worth of goods from the developing world every year while leaving the people who produce them barely scraping a living? Are they being cynically opportunistic? Or is it that global commerce will always be incompatible with the eradication of poverty? And, if so, are charity and fair trade initiatives the only way forward?

In Unfair Trade Conor Woodman travels the world- from Nicaragua to the Congo and from Laos to Afghanistan - to establish the truth. In the course of his journeys he uncovers some truly shocking stories about the way big business operates, but he also sees a way forward that could reconcile the apparently irreconcilable.

"Conor Woodman's Unfair Trade is proof that economics can be both vivid and accessible. By rootling through the developing world's sweatshops, plantations and mines he explores whether Big Business can also be Ethical Business. Read this book and you will never look at the goods in a high street shop window in quite the same way" (Tim Butcher)"Conor Woodman takes the dismal out of the dismal science. He's written an alternative travel guide to the global economy" (Liam Halligan Sunday Telegraph)"Many books denounce rapacious Western corporations, but few combine - as Woodman's does - first-hand global reportage with practical advice on change. From Congo to China, and from chocolate to cotton, he seeks commerce with a conscience" (i, Independent)"Conor Woodman's bold new book reminds us of the basic questions that every right-thinking consumer ought to ask ... as a work of journalistic reportage, this book scores very highly" (Geographical)"Woodman offers (an) alternative and compelling world view" (Business Destinations)

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  • PDF | 240 pages
  • Conor Woodman(Author)
  • Random House Business (23 Feb. 2012)
  • English
  • 2
  • Business, Finance & Law

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  • By Lukas Reinhardt on 11 February 2014

    Read this book as I am currently studying an environment & economic course at University, and the whole concept of corporate social responsibility interests me a lot. To start off, I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style - the author tells about his experiences in personally visiting areas around the world. He does so extremely well and is able to capture his images in a really good way. I finished the book with a very sceptic view on labels such as Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance, and all other "Organic" product labels. It is quite shocking how we as consumers are often morally convinced that by buying these labels we are doing a good deed, and yet we know so little about what is really going on behind the scenes. Excellent book, I would definitely recommend everyone to read it! :)

  • By Persis Gretna on 13 May 2012

    This is a very revealing book. Have come to the conclusion that the people in poor countries would be better off with free trade because Fair Trade is anything but. I was ever suspicious of so called fair trade and it's upmarket prices. Rarely bought anything labeled fair trade and after reading this book certainly won't. Local produce for me when ever possible.

  • By Adam Brown on 7 August 2015

    Great book, opens your eyes to the realisty of big business and their not so ethical practices! It has helped me with a project about how fair Fair Trade is! Or not as the case may be!!

  • By Paul Bach on 11 March 2014

    Woodman's genre is new and individual and this one is another success - does not disappoint. Should appeal to adventurers, travellers, economists etc

  • By BLehner on 1 April 2012

    If you've ever picked up an ethically labeled product at your local supermarket you probably did so for two reasons - you like the taste of the product and you feel reassured that local laborers are provided with a fair pay and acceptable working conditions. The important question would be - is this really so?In Unfair Trade economist Conor Woodman presents a snapshot of what life is like for some of the world's poorest people trying to make a living by supplying our needs. From Nicaragua and Congo, to China and Tanzania, from coffee and tea to cotton and rubber, the author presents a collection of truly eyeopening case studies, letting the voices of those be heard who are supposedly treated "fair". Yet the emphasis is not just on the working conditions, but also on the double standards and moral compromise culminating in the shocking contrast of ethical labeling as marketing tool vs how things really are at the other end of that label. As much as those certifications don't always equal fairness, no such labels don't necessarily translate into unfairness, sometimes quite the contrary.Written in a conversational tone, this is a comprehensible study that presents a brief yet revealing introduction to the topic. While the book isn't intended to be an exhaustive look at big businesses and their marketing tools, the ethical labeling of products itself would have deserved more exploration in my opinion.In short: An insightful glimpse on just how fair "fair" trade really is!Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Random House. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

  • By suehobkinson on 13 August 2016

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