August 15th, 2008
MEC, or Mountain Equipment Co-Op, is similar to the U.S. retailer Recreational Equipment Incorporated. It’s one of those big chains producing and selling an outdoor sporting equipment–think less hunting and fishing and more backpacking and climbing. Like REI, they’ve grown from a small cooperative to a brand name representing the outdoor lifestyle.
As a producer of its own brand, clothing, packs, and the like, they’ve turned to overseas manufacturing and sourcing of materials. With this comes the issue of the suppliers; are they treating their employees fairly? Do they pollute? Is it a “sweatshop?”
Well, this is the personal blog of the Director of Ethical Sourcing, Harvey Chan, and it leads with these words:
I think it can…I think *we* can. Just go here.
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