Lazzarini Presidents Panel

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  • Lazzarini Presidents Panel

    1. 1. Scenery - last decades <ul><li>Economic liberalization + globalization </li></ul><ul><li>New technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental emergency (1992) </li></ul><ul><li>Governments (regardless their ideological nuances) are both losing power & dominated by economic interests. </li></ul><ul><li>The market “mood” is more important than society’s interests </li></ul><ul><li>consumer protection is NOT among the most successful governmental policies in most countries </li></ul>
    2. 2. Scenery - last decades <ul><li>The way corporations operates changed radically </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Concentration >> less competition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Operation looking for both cheaper labor (~ slave conditions) and resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>damaging the environment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mass advertising is affecting lifestyle and values </li></ul>
    3. 3. &quot;Today, by the age of ten a child can on average recall 300 to 400 brands.. that`s twenty times the number of birds in the wild they can name. 70% of three year olds recognize the McDonalds symbol but only half of them know their own surname.” The Commercialization of Childhood, Compass, 12/06
    4. 4. [email_address] Sept, 2007 Obesity Study Shows Most TV Commercials Targeting Kids Are For Junk Food 97.8 percent and 89.4 percent of all food advertisements viewed by children (ages 2 to 11) and adolescents (12 to 17), respectively, were for products high in sugar, fat or sodium more than 170 top-rated programs (US)
    5. 5. <ul><li>many millions of children are exploited as cheap labor in developing and poor countries </li></ul><ul><li>1,3 billion people survive with less than U$1.00 per day, not satisfying their basic human needs </li></ul>
    6. 6. Challenges to the c onsumer movement <ul><li>Barriers & difficulties to fight for the effectiveness of consumer rights </li></ul><ul><li>Play at the backfield - threats to reduce rights already conquered </li></ul><ul><li>Become more effective and influential at global level </li></ul>
    7. 7. Efforts <ul><li>Introduction of new issues at the agenda & global campaigning </li></ul><ul><li>2004 - new structure and operation at CI </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Global campaigns to demand equity and respect for consumers rights </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Empower consumer organizations at national level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transparency and consultation with members </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Implementation of the new structure is still in process and much has still to be done </li></ul>
    8. 8. Efforts <ul><li>Build trust and solidarity amongst CO’s </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges for Consumer Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>ISSUES - focus & priorities & members consultation </li></ul>
    9. 9. ISSUES - members consultation <ul><li>1st campaign on corporations accountability – farmaceutical industry </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable consumption </li></ul><ul><li>Obesity </li></ul><ul><li>Endebtness </li></ul>
    10. 10. Future <ul><li>Holding corporations to account </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Governments as well... </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Acting towards change consumer behaviour </li></ul><ul><li>Market or society? </li></ul><ul><li>Networking with other social movements </li></ul>

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