Unfair Trade: How Big Business Exploits the World's Poor –  and Why It Doesn't Have To

Unfair Trade: How Big Business Exploits the World's Poor – and Why It Doesn't Have To

by Conor Woodman (Author)

Synopsis

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.

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
Publisher: Random House Business
Published: 12 May 2011

ISBN 10: 1847940692
ISBN 13: 9781847940698
Book Overview: From fair trade to unfair trade: why the world's poor continue to lose out in the global market - and what can be done about it.

Media Reviews
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
Author Bio
Conor Woodman is an economist, author and presenter. His first book Around the World in 80 Trades: The Adventure Capitalist and the accompanying four-part television series for Channel 4 tell the story of how he left his job, sold his London flat and embarked on a round-the-world trading adventure. Travelling through four continents in five months, he turned his hand to making a profit out of everything from camels in Sudan to inflatable surfboards in Mexico, to discover how real people make real money in real markets. Visit his website at www.conorwoodman.com