Nana Sackey, who works in client advisory at Procredit Bank in Ghana, has some interesting opinions on the ethical sourcing debate.
"Most SM readers are in the developed world. I realise
imagining yourself in a less developed country is quite difficult. But
try just for a moment to imagine where citizens are so poor that they
cannot afford the basic amenities of life. A world where people don't
have the money to feed or clothe themselves, or access basic medical
"Is it morally "wrong" to give dignity to such people through
outsourcing production to their countries and allowing them to earn a
small wage? Or would the world rather western companies watch children
suffer continued impoverishment than risk violating ethical trading
codes? Isn't it morally wrong for established businesses to implement "no
sourcing" policies for countries in Indo-Asia, China or Africa because
for them it's "ethically wrong"; when people in abject poverty would
resort to the most drastic actions just to earn enough to provide a
What do you think of her opinion?