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Bangladesh Factory Fire

Bangladesh Packaging Factory Fire Kills Many

Reuters | Rebecca Falconer | Posted 09.10.2016 | World

DHAKA, Sept 10 (Reuters) - A fire at a food and cigarette packaging factory in Bangladesh killed at least 23 people and injured dozens on Saturday, in...

H&M Needs To Deliver On Its Worker Safety Commitments

Judy Gearhart | Posted 10.06.2016 | Impact
Judy Gearhart

H&M has fallen behind schedule on securing life-saving safety upgrades in their Bangladeshi supplier factories. Such delays are risky for a company that saw 21 workers killed in a fire at their supplier, Garib & Garib, in 2010. H&M is the largest buyer in Bangladesh, and with great power comes great responsibility.

Why Consumers Matter in Realizing Workers' Rights

Greg Asbed | Posted 09.04.2016 | Impact
Greg Asbed

In March of 2002, Irvine California saw its first public protest. Ever. Long before you could see anything at Taco Bell headquarters, you could hear something coming. People going about their daily routine stopped and inclined to listen.

Social Experiment Proves Consumers Care About Factory Workers Making Our Apparel

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 05.05.2015 | Impact

Buying a T-shirt for a couple of bucks is certainly a steal, especially when consumers consider the amount of money the laborers behind it were depriv...

Clothing Labels List Sweatshop Atrocities So Buyers Will Shop More Consciously

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 05.05.2015 | Impact

The writing on clothing labels is generally kept pretty pithy, because unless customers are shopping in Milan, they’re likely not all that intereste...

Five Ways to Improve Working Conditions in the Global South

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

They are determined to open up a dialogue with city officials and to negotiate a set of basic rights that will formalize their line of work.

Reading the Pictures: So You Missed the Photos of Bangladeshi Garment Workers Having a 'Gap/Walmart Bar-B-Que?'

Michael Shaw | Posted 03.16.2014 | World
Michael Shaw

2014-01-14-firepull.jpgPerhaps the invisibility of this story has to do with Western media's unspoken criteria for foreign news and, especially, photos.

The 12 Step Program for Bargain Addictions

Francine LeFrak | Posted 02.09.2014 | Impact
Francine LeFrak

This holiday season the ethical shopping options are plentiful. We must believe that we can employ to empower.

12 Years a Slave -- In a Bangladesh Garment Factory?

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
Mary Anne Mercer

I recently saw the new Steve McQueen film 12 Years a Slave. Gruesome and yet compelling, it tells the true story of a free black man in the mid-1800s...

Black Friday: The Perpetual Pursuit of Happiness

Kanene Holder | Posted 01.28.2014 | Impact
Kanene Holder

Thus when we purchase new clothes, shoes, televisions, couches, they are clean, look good and make you feel good, but we do we ever see or feel the blood, sweat, tears and fears of the workers assembling and packaging our presents?

WATCH: The Hidden Cost Of Bangladesh's Garment Industry

Posted 09.17.2013 | World

Retailers, labor unions and government organizations started talks in Geneva last week to discuss compensation for the victims of two recent factory a...

One Child, Global Accountability

Laura Gutierrez | Posted 10.19.2013 | Impact
Laura Gutierrez

Injured workers, like Sumaya, who left Nischintapur soon after the fire were never accounted for. Many workers who are now developing symptoms either do not associate them with the fire, or are unable to prove it in order to obtain compensation.

The Psychology of Sweatshop Labor

Neeru Paharia | Posted 09.09.2013 | Business
Neeru Paharia

It seems if consumers really cared, there would be more demand for sweatshop-free products and more opportunities for companies to profit from such products.

Misplaced Indignation

Laura Merriman | Posted 09.08.2013 | Business
Laura Merriman

If U.S. consumers can get riled up enough about Abercrombie & Fitch's lack of plus sizes to create a public relations crisis, why doesn't the death of over a thousand Bangladeshi mothers, daughters, fathers, and sons create a similar public outcry?

Preventable Tragedies: Companies Need to Ensure That Human Rights, Including Labor Rights, Are Protected

Amol Mehra | Posted 08.05.2013 | World
Amol Mehra

One of the foundational principles of the UN's Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights is the corporate responsibility to respect human rights. Unfortunately, practice suggests otherwise.

Petition Asks Consumers To Pay 10 Cents Extra To Protect Workers

Posted 06.03.2013 | Impact

By Sally Greenberg, TakePart Over this past weekend, the death toll from the April 24, 2013, collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in Savar, ...

Why the 'Eternal Embrace' Photograph From Bangladesh Haunts Its Photographer the Most

Sourav Roy | Posted 07.31.2013 | World
Sourav Roy

"As I have been surrounded by dead bodies, over the past few weeks, I have felt a tremendous pressure and pain. As a witness to this cruelty, I feel a strong urge to share this pain with everyone. That is why I want this photo to be seen over and over again."

Should Workers Be Dying to Make Your T-Shirt for You?

Robin Lewis | Posted 07.29.2013 | Business
Robin Lewis

Am I wrong to be disgusted over the blatant irresponsibility of some of the largest retailers and apparel brands in the world as well as the governments, and factory owners in the countries sought for the lowest possible manufacturing costs?

Dave Jamieson

Bangladesh Garment Industry Traded Workplace Safety For Jobs | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.23.2013 | Business

Like millions of other young women in Bangladesh, Sumi Abedin forged her place in the modern economy at a sewing machine inside an urban garment facto...

Major Clothing Maker Still Using Bangladesh Factory Banned By Walmart

Reuters | Posted 07.19.2013 | Business

By Serajul Quadir and Rafiqur Rahman GAZIPUR, Bangladesh, May 20 (Reuters) - A Bangladesh factory where Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Indite...

Outsourcing Death and Injury to Boost the Bottom Line

Allan Brawley | Posted 07.13.2013 | Business
Allan Brawley

Today's Bangladeshi dead and injured are the equivalent of those unprotected American miners, railroad workers and mill hands of a hundred years ago.

Savar Tragedy, Garments Industry and Bangladesh

Muhammad Yunus | Posted 07.09.2013 | World
Muhammad Yunus

Both the national and the international businesses should feel as though the workers are a part of their family. The days of slave labor have to come to an end. It is better to start the process now, before more ugly incidents occur.

Another Deadly Industrial Accident In Bangladesh

Reuters | Serajul Quadir and Ruma Paul | Posted 07.08.2013 | Business

By Serajul Quadir and Ruma Paul DHAKA, May 9 (Reuters) - Eight people were killed when a fire swept through a clothing factory in Bang...

Another Deadly Industrial Accident In Bangladesh

Reuters | Posted 07.08.2013 | Business

DHAKA, May 9 (Reuters) - Eight people were killed when a fire swept through a garment factory in an industrial district of the Bangladeshi capital D...

10 Dirty Secrets Of The Bangladesh Garment Industry

Posted 05.06.2013 | Business

The deadly collapse of a Bangladesh garment factory shined a light on the unsafe conditions so many of the industry's workers grapple with on a daily ...