Most people agree that the poor want to and should take ownership for their own development. Companies sourcing from less developed regions play a role for personal and economic development in origin countries, and should also consider these fundamental factors in their monitoring activities. But this is the exception, not the rule, when it comes to multinational companies that are sourcing from low-income populations and economies.
Not all supply chains are the same, and not all of them are limited to structured factories or facilities. Consider for a moment the difficulties that arise when monitoring labour standards in informal sectors, such as evaluating environmental or social standards across thousands of small farms, or checking standards in thousands of households where women do their work at home for a nearby company.