The last word: luxury goods – ethics out of fashion

This column by Chandran Nair appears in the November 2008 issue of the Ethical Corporation magazine.

Responsible business has never been in vogue for luxury brands, argues Chandran Nair.

In response to the outcry against Vogue India’s August luxury goods advertising spread, which featured poor Indians as models for Hermes, Burberry and other products, editor Priya Tanna is reported to have claimed: “Fashion is no longer a rich man’s privilege. Anyone can carry it off and make it look beautiful.”

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Seeing a ‘different’ Iran

This article by Chandran Nair appears in the South China Morning Post, 25 October 2008.

For close to thirty years now the international media has depicted Iran as a country run by religious fanatics where women are oppressed and where there is no freedom of any kind. This sentiment has been perpetuated by the Bush administration which nonsensically labeled Iran as part of an axis of evil in 2000.

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The role of international sponsors of the 2008 Beijing Olympics

GIFT founder and CEO, Chandran Nair was interviewed for German public radio about the role of international sponsors of the Olympic Games in Beijing. The programme, broadcast on Sunday July 13 on Deutschlandradio Kultur addressed various issues including; whether Olympic sponsorship is "morally" just and the economic damage (if any) that sponsors must endure due to the events in Tibet and Darfur. Questions were also raised about China bashing in the West, the influence of sponsors on the Chinese government and how companies should behave in China.

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