“Take a look at how the fashion industry works. … It is a global industry that has pioneered driving down costs, putting huge pressure on suppliers and workers, whilst driving huge profits for those at the top.

“Many high-street brands won’t even reveal which factories in Myanmar produce their clothes. Why would a company want to keep its factories secret, unless it had something to hide?

“It is surely not beyond the realms of human wit to come up with a better system, one in which people could still get rich but we could wear our clothes with a clean conscience. One in which workers would be valued, paid enough to lead healthy lives and treated as human beings. …

“Today’s inequality can seem overwhelming but it simply isn’t. There is no need for such obscene levels of both poverty and wealth in the world. Indeed, in the long run, extreme inequality is counterproductive even for those on the wealthy side of the divide.

“Paying workers a decent wage is a huge part of tackling inequality. Poverty wages, coupled with huge rewards for those at the top, are one of the big causes of today’s inequality crisis. Poverty wages are not just unfair, they are economically self-defeating.”

—British actor Bill Nighy, writing in The Huffington Post about a recent trip with Oxfam to Myanmar, along with the inequities he witnessed there.