Wednesday, 16 June 2010

The Sweet Smell of the Sweatshop

Katie Price's perfume has been pulled from Superdrug's shelves because of "ethical" reasons.

It follows a report in The Observer newspaper claiming that workers making the perfume bottles at the Pragati Glass Company in India are paid less than the minimum wage. They get 26p an hour.

A Superdrug spokeswoman said: "As a business, we have a robust ethical trading policy so that our customers can be confident that they are buying products that are made in an ethical way.

In a statement, Price's spokesperson said: "The production of the bottle, its packaging, filling and finishing has been moved from India to the UK and France.
"We would like to reiterate as always that all products manufactured for Katie Price, or third parties working on behalf of Katie Price, have a checking policy that ensures health, safety and ethical trading guidelines are met and in most cases are exceeded.”
Robust ethical trading all round then.
So, how come it takes  the Observer to show that it’s so much bollocks?