By CNN at 12:03 PM 5/31/2020 (PDT)
Unethical jobs are a facet of society that is often ignored and overlooked. Fast fashion companies, as well as name brand companies have been known to use cheap labor to create their products. Companies found guilty of this offense include Nike, Adidas, H&M, Levi Strauss, and Disney.
Let’s paint a picture. you are at the mall and its been a few hours, you are biting into the pretzel you got from the Auntie Anne’s, you are having a good day. The only inconvenience is how sore your arms are from all the bags you have been carrying around all day! You get home and put your new clothes away, elated to wear them tomorrow.
On the other side of the world, people are getting up to work in slave-like conditions for minimum wage, to make the clothes that you are so elated to wear tomorrow, and these conditions aren’t even half of it. Women are abused in the sweatshop industry, people are hospitalized due to the harsh condition of work, but they stay, because it is their only source of money.
As we move forward in time, people around the world are realizing how unacceptable it is to use unethical factories to produce goods and how just how widespread this issue is. The ASEAN is taking steps to stop this from happening. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, this meeting of China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, North Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The countries listed are strong providers of unethical labor and fast fashion sweatshops, and they are working to solve this problem and eradicate poor working conditions within their countries.
One particular delegate is extremely passionate about debate and has put forward some concrete ideas, that might otherwise be looked past. Education. In the model United Nations setting, education is often overlooked as it is thought to not be a concrete, solution that is enforceable by governments but ASEAN might be different, 83% of the committee supports the implementation of education as a solution.
Thailand is an incredibly strong supporter of this education standpoint; they have voiced that their country’s international education standards are lower than the international average, and they believe that a lower educational average could be a factor in unethical job popularity. This stems from the inability to get a higher-level job without proper education, which can be difficult to access. Thailand wants to work with other countries to educate their citizens. These changes have the potential to turn around the fast fashion industry.
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