NZ is both put at a disadvantage and people are exploited for our benefit when supply chains include unethical practices. NZ is put at a disadvantage where overseas supply chains use forced labour or unsustainable low rates of pay or extremely long hours. Essentially NZ is uncompetitive as a result of our worker protection laws. Sure a lot of times we can't compete because wages in some other countries are lower than here. In some cases it's more than that. Also, if we in NZ buy from unethical growers or manufacturers we encourage the persistence of slave or sweatshop conditions. I propose that we expand the powers of the Commerce Commission to allow it to investigate, prosecute or prevent the importation of goods and services that have been produced unethically. E.G. http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11759397
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