This is a complicated subject. As we have moved towards globalisation, overconsumption and resource depletion, large corporations who operate across many borders are able to flaunt rules by relocating to places that have less constrained rules to fit their needs. There are only 3 possible solutions for this;
- We follow the path of least resistance and create global regulators that have the teeth to make corporations follow rules that benefit the planet as a whole. This will be met with great resistance in the name of national sovereignty and liberty.
- We leave each country to toughen up in their approach to policy and regulation. This is difficult because many underdeveloped nations have corrupt governments that can easily be bought by corporations.
- Individual consumers are encouraged to vote with their wallets and boycott companies that pursue detrimental practices. This is also difficult because these practices can be hidden by false advertising and secrecy in the name of 'corporate confidentiality'. Also many can't see the bigger picture.
Personally I have campaigned for many years regarding the abuses of corporations and the only thing that has worked is the third. My choices have a direct and definite impact and I can only hope that I raise my children to follow my steps. But this involves a change in culture, and that is something that is being fought with marketing and publicity. It boils down to the power of money and that is unlikely to change soon. Sad, but true.