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EDC Premila Kumar


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EDC Premila Kumar

  1. 1. CSR for Consumer safety: What should companies do for consumer safety of household insecticide? Ms. Premila Kumar Consumer Council of Fiji
  2. 2. Presentation Outline <ul><li>Household Pesticides Survey in Fiji </li></ul><ul><li>Are Companies taking responsibility for the impact of their activities? </li></ul><ul><li>Unfair Trade Practices </li></ul><ul><li>CSR- What should Companies Do? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Household Pesticides Survey in Fiji <ul><li>Fiji participated in the Household pesticide survey- 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Household pesticides readily available in supermarkets and remote stores in the rural areas </li></ul><ul><li>All household pesticides are imported in to Fiji </li></ul><ul><li>Pesticides are sourced from countries such as Australia, India, Indonesia, China. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Household Pesticides Survey in Fiji <ul><li>Prices are high for Fiji standard. </li></ul><ul><li>Example Hit (India) 200g is sold for US $2.25 whereas Mortein (Aust) is sold for US $2.40 for 300g. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Companies at Different Stages of Supply Chain <ul><li>Producers </li></ul><ul><li>Importers </li></ul><ul><li>Distributors </li></ul><ul><li>Retailers </li></ul><ul><li>Pest Control Professionals or Applicators </li></ul><ul><li>An important sector of business is not simply reacting to pressure or engaging in defensive posturing or ‘greenwash. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Role of Business <ul><li>In developed countries the role of business has evolved from profit maximizing approach to a social responsibility. </li></ul><ul><li>This is not the case in most developing countries. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Are Companies taking responsibility for the impact of their activities? <ul><li>Not at all because the pesticides are not made in Fiji. </li></ul><ul><li>Fiji imports and it is difficult to hold the importer, distributor or retailer responsible due to ineffective laws </li></ul><ul><li>Fiji being a small island economy relies heavily on imports with poor border control. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Unfair Trade Practices <ul><li>In 1992 DDT-containing mosquito coils were imported into Fiji in improperly labeled packages. </li></ul><ul><li>Increased monitoring of imported mosquito coils </li></ul><ul><li>The task of identifying the DDT- contaminated coils </li></ul><ul><li>Products banned or recalled in other countries makes its way into Pacific undetected. </li></ul>
  9. 9. What should Companies Do? <ul><li>Race to the Bottom: Companies should behave ethically in a country with poorly regulated countries as they would do in their own country . </li></ul><ul><li>At least the companies should not push banned pesticides into countries with poor regulations </li></ul><ul><li>Provide users with instructions that are designed to minimise impacts on health and environment. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide consumer, with enough information to make informed choices about protecting the health their family while properly caring their lawn or their homes. </li></ul>
  10. 10. What should Companies Do? <ul><li>Companies should not mislead consumers by making health claims. That is by treating products such as toothbrushes or children's toys, with antimicrobial pesticides (to get rid of bacteria) without approval. </li></ul>
  11. 11. What should Companies Do? <ul><li>Be part of the Consumer Labeling Initiative (CLI) </li></ul><ul><li>CLI is a voluntary, cooperative effort designed to present clear, consistent, and useful environmental, safe use, and health information on household consumer product labels </li></ul><ul><li>Research & Development </li></ul>