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Rana Plaza

3 Lessons From the Biggest Industrial Disaster in Bangladesh

Adnan Mahmud | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Adnan Mahmud

Disasters -- man-made or natural -- happen frequently. It is important that we figure out effective ways to engage the donor community, beyond just a mass media appeal.

Let's Recognize Bangladesh's Women Garment Workers Positively: As Contributors

Marcia Greenberg | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Marcia Greenberg

For those committed to empowering girls and women, and to achieving gender equality, we must re-double our efforts to right the balance of perceptions: ensuring that images of girls and women reflect their strengths and contributions.

Dave Jamieson

Rana Plaza Survivor Compensated With Paltry $519 So Far

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.19.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- When Reba Sikder reported to work on April 24 last year, she found a group of her colleagues milling about and chatting anxiously outsid...

Dave Jamieson

How Clothes Sold By The U.S. Military Have 'Blood All Over Their Labels'

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After American clothing brands scuttled a similar effort last year, Democrats and labor groups are trying to pressure the military into ...

The Sochi Games and Human Rights: What Is the Responsibility of Corporate Sponsors?

Christine Bader | Posted 04.06.2014 | Business
Christine Bader

Of course, the international community -- companies included -- should be fighting for equal rights for all. But before urging companies to turn their attention outwards and lobby host governments, we should seek evidence that they are addressing the risks to human rights in their own operations.

"What Are You Wearing?" When Fashion Matches Ethics

Kate Black | Posted 04.01.2014 | Impact
Kate Black

"I wear ethical fashion because I want every aspect of the way I live to be an expression of my ideals."

Despite Violence, Cambodian Workers Vow To Continue Their Fight

Michelle Chen | Posted 03.19.2014 | World
Michelle Chen

Though Cambodia's days of colonialization, war and genocide may be over, the country is still wrestling with political turmoil. At the start of the ne...

The U.S. Government Uses Sweatshops, Too

Michelle Chen | Posted 03.07.2014 | Business
Michelle Chen

While consumers may have been shocked to learn of The Gap or Benetton's latest designs strewn amid the wreckage of "death trap" factories, they might have missed another bit of debris: the label of the U.S. government.

Dave Jamieson

How A Plan To Help Curb Garment Factory Disasters In Bangladesh Died In The U.S. Senate

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Concerned it may undermine their own response to recent factory disasters and cost them business, U.S. clothing makers pressured the Sen...

Top 10 Sustainable Business Stories of 2013

Andrew Winston | Posted 02.22.2014 | Green
Andrew Winston

This year, like recent years, saw some continuation of big trends: with a few exceptions, the international policy community keeps failing to come to a meaningful agreement on climate change.

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...

Minimum-Wage Hike Won't Appease Bangladeshi Workers

Michelle Chen | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Michelle Chen

Earlier this month, a group of workers at the Tuba Group garment factory in Bangladesh locked owner Delwar Hossain in his office and demanded that he pay the bonuses he'd promised them for the Eid al-Adha holiday.

Wage Wars: Bangladeshi Workers Reach a Boiling Point

Michelle Chen | Posted 11.27.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

Workers in Bangladesh have been perishing in tragic, preventable factory accidents for years. Now, in mass uprisings that portend both more violent la...

Hey Walmart, Instead of a Labor Day Sale, How About Labor Day Wages?

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 10.30.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

As the nation's largest employer with 1.3 million workers and $15.8 billion in profits in 2012, Walmart occupies the unique position of being able to make a positive contribution to the lives of its workers and to our overall economy, and yet the company refuses to give up its exploitative ways.

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.

Emran Hossain

Bangladesh Factory Collapse Victims Still Waiting For Compensation

HuffingtonPost.com | Emran Hossain | Posted 08.06.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- After the Rana Plaza factory collapse killed 1,132 garment workers and injured more than 2,500 in April, the Bangladeshi government and ...

Ghulam Azam's Verdict: Initial Thoughts

William Nicholas Gomes | Posted 09.15.2013 | World
William Nicholas Gomes

The outrageous levels of corruption, bias, and falsification within the tribunal have resulted in a complete betrayal of this ideal, and Bangladesh must now live with the consequences of this botched process.

Will Walmart Finally Do the Right Thing?

Laura Merriman | Posted 09.14.2013 | Business
Laura Merriman

While it's encouraging that some U.S. realtors that source from Bangladesh have finally declared a new commitment toward improving the safety of Bangladeshi factory workers, let's hope that these companies will abandon their previous race to the bottom labor practices in favor of protecting human lives.

Why Walmart's Agreement With Bangladesh Will Not Improve Worker Safety

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 08.30.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

With an agreement now in the works involving Walmart, Gap, other large American retailers, and the Bangladeshi government to improve working conditions for garment industry workers in Bangladesh, it is worth examining whether the agreement will actually accomplish anything.

From Dhaka to Broadway, Protests Target Bangladesh Factory Death Traps

Michelle Chen | Posted 08.28.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

The United States may lead the world in some measures of national wealth, but it is fiercely regressive when it comes to protecting the workers whose ...

Underwear in the New Jerusalem

Michael Pettinger | Posted 08.26.2013 | Religion
Michael Pettinger

Twenty dollars for two pair of grey, cotton boxer briefs. It seemed like a lot of money for so little cloth. Of course, I was mistaken.

Global Challenges and Opportunities Facing Children, Youth and Families

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 08.03.2013 | College
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

Tahmina Akhter Sadia started working in a Bangladesh garment factory at just 11 years of age. She didn't want to go to work the morning of April 24, 2...

Dave Jamieson

Dem Rips Gap, Walmart For Dodging Factory Safety Agreement

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A U.S. congressman who visited garment factories in Bangladesh earlier this week had harsh words for the U.S. clothing brands that have ...

Kim Bhasin

Walmart And Gap Unite On Bangladesh

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bhasin | Posted 05.30.2013 | Business

Walmart and Gap are working on their own independent safety plan to prompt reform in Bangladesh after both retailers declined to sign the Accord on Fi...

Kim Bhasin

American Apparel CEO Thrashes H&M

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bhasin | Posted 05.30.2013 | Business

American Apparel CEO Dov Charney has been on the warpath since the deadly collapse of a garment factory complex in Bangladesh took the lives of more t...