In my post about Bangladesh garment factory disaster and what positive repercussions I hoped might come of it, I suggested that there should be an international organization to label clothing that was made under safe, humane conditions. I said that I thought consumers would probably be willing to pay more for such clothing.
This article in the Times says that many garment manufacturers are starting to do something similar on their own initiative, spurred by growing consumer demand. It also cites a survey that confirms that consumers, even consumers of budget-priced clothing, would willingly pay more for garments they knew were produced under non-sweatshop conditions.
As individuals, we consumers can feel our voices are insignificant. As a bloc, we wield enormous power. It would be great to see that power used to improve the working conditions of garment workers globally.