Looking behind the label: Global industries and the conscientious consumer

Tim Bartley, Sebastian Koos, Hiram Samel, Gustavo Setrini, Nik Summers

Research output: Book/ReportBook


What does it mean when consumers ‘shop with a conscience’ and choose products labeled as fair or sustainable? Does this translate into meaningful changes in global production processes? To what extent are voluntary standards implemented and enforced, and can they really govern global industries? Looking behind the Label presents an informative introduction to global production and ethical consumption, tracing the links between consumers’ choices and the practices of multinational producers and retailers. Case studies of several types of products–wood and paper, food, apparel and footwear, and electronics–are used to reveal what lies behind voluntary rules and to critique predominant assumptions about ethical consumption as a form of political expression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherIndiana University Press
Number of pages287
ISBN (Electronic)9780253016621
ISBN (Print)9780253016485
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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