Add exploitative practices to the remit of the Commerce Commission

Add exploitative practices to the remit of the Commerce Commission

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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  • Graeme Kiyoto-Ward
    commented 2016-12-03 19:05:13 +1300
    Good points. It would be able to respond to allegations of unethical practices. Some areas would be obvious like chocolate. Garment manufacturing is another. There’s fair trade organizations to do this fairly well.
  • Tim O’Donnell
    commented 2016-12-03 18:19:39 +1300
    Although I find this admirable our commerce commission wouldn’t have authority to investigate overseas practices. How would you plan to investigate this? What would be considered unethical? would they have to effectivly have to follow the same rules we have here in NZ? Who would make the descision on ethics?
  • John Draper
    tagged this with essential 2016-12-03 14:52:55 +1300
  • Graeme Kiyoto-Ward
    published this page in Suggestions 2016-12-03 13:31:41 +1300