Harvard eBay Experiment Evidences SA8000 Consumer Demand
A new working paper completed by Harvard University tests whether consumers really vote with their dollars for products made under decent working conditions
"Consumer Demand for Fair Labor Standards," assesses consumer demand for goods that are certified as produced in decent workplaces. From experiments conducted on eBay between 2007 and 2008, researchers found encouraging evidence that a products label with a decent work certification has a positive effect on price and sales. Although SAI does not have a consumer label, the Harvard team sourced the products from an SA8000 certified facility in Honduras making polo t-shirts for Cutter & Buck, to run the simulation.