Originally Posted by Leonor
"What, come on" what? Do you know what goes on those mothers minds from your comfortable seat in America? Why do you think mothers give their children away? Isn't it because they think they can't provide them a good life?
Okay, you are right--I don't know what mothers in another country are thinking. Do you have special insight into this you would like to share?
I do know that where I last worked, we served teen moms, including some mothers in their early teens, and they did not give their children up for adoption. We served homeless moms, and they did not give their children up for adoption. If people under that kind of duress were still parenting, what makes you think that some lovely plastic toys would sway mothers in a poor country?
And, in any case, if they were
swayed to give up their children because they could have Legos in the orphanage
: why make Lego responsible? You sound like the Dickens character Mr. Gradgrind, who thought that poor children shouldn't have nice things because it would make them unaccustomed to their station.
|Come on, natural mothers! Here we are promoting ideas that were found in poor primitive culture cultures around the world.|
I must not be a natural mother, because I didn't realize that natural parenting required skipping blithely back to 19th century Romanticism, Rousseau, the Noble Savage, and all that.
|Are we going to sit and say that building schools in the poor countries is a good thing? Mothers having to work 12 hours shifts on minimal wage and leave in daycare is a good thing?|
I absolutely think building schools in poor countries is a good thing, and furthermore, I see absolutely zero connection between mothers having to work long shifts on low wages and children going to school. (I am standing up, however.
Indeed, studies have shown that there is a very strong connection between female literacy rates in particular and the birth rate and poverty levels in countries. (I was going to post a link to a study, but there were so many that I couldn't pick one! You can go to the UN Human Development FAQ page
for a basic run down about how statisticians are thinking about this right now.)
Also, I thought Lego was giving actual money to Save the Children to set up schools. At least, that's what it says at their corporate website. They aren't giving Legos, they are giving krøner. So if you want to really know what they are giving their money for, you need to research Save the Children Denmark. They are making donations to NGOs whose reputations they think will be good for their company. This is typical corporate behavior, by the way--corporations make donations they think will reflect well on them.
Now, my guess is that the history behind these corporate charitable and ethical moves is that Lego got burnt by contracting cheap labor overseas at some point, and that in their native Denmark they got bad publicity. That's a reason why they would have a whole page about how they monitor their manufacturers and also a reason why they would be donating money to international charities. But I don't read Danish and I don't know which newspapers online to check about this.
Also, whether they have a history of doing the wrong thing or not, they seem to be doing the right thing now. Which is important!
|Oh yeah, there is Lego in their daycare now, they only have to be happy about it. RIGHT?|
See, this is totally irrelevant but it does push many rhetorical buttons at once.
|I didn't find anything so far, I was wondering if someone knew. What's wrong with asking, so many mothers know so much about companies. You're not telling me just to trust their company policy. Nike also has pretty words in their website I bet!|
There is nothing at all wrong with asking. I don't like your ideological assumptions, but I do appreciate the concern that you express that your child's toys shouldn't profit unethical projects or be produced by child labor.
Seriously, if you are concerned, go read the Ethical Consumer report. I bet you can a copy of it at your public library, as you live in the country where it's published. Then you will have a responsible 3rd party evaluation of Lego's corporate ethics.