Executive Briefings

Retailers Shouldn't Leave Bangladesh, But Help Make Apparel Factories Safer

Bangladesh is a dangerous place to work in a factory as the Rana Plaza building collapse shows. Local health and safety regulations are so weak that last spring, even before the Rana Plaza disaster, executives at Disney decided they would no longer source toys and apparel from Bangladesh. The company felt the risk to its reputation wasn't worth the low cost of production.

Retailers Shouldn't Leave Bangladesh, But Help Make Apparel Factories Safer

But pulling out of Bangladesh is the wrong call. The right response of the Western retailers who source from Bangladesh is not to walk away from the country but to work with officials and owners to make the situation better. And consumers who claim to care about people in developing countries should shop at retailers who make that choice.

The recent tragedies should have been prevented. The Rana Plaza building's foundations were substandard, and the top floors had been added without a permit. At the same time, jobs in the garment industry in Bangladesh are better than other options.

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Keywords: supply chain risk management, apparel industry, apparel industry safety violations, garment manufacturing, Bangladesh worker safety violations

But pulling out of Bangladesh is the wrong call. The right response of the Western retailers who source from Bangladesh is not to walk away from the country but to work with officials and owners to make the situation better. And consumers who claim to care about people in developing countries should shop at retailers who make that choice.

The recent tragedies should have been prevented. The Rana Plaza building's foundations were substandard, and the top floors had been added without a permit. At the same time, jobs in the garment industry in Bangladesh are better than other options.

Read Full Article


Keywords: supply chain risk management, apparel industry, apparel industry safety violations, garment manufacturing, Bangladesh worker safety violations

Retailers Shouldn't Leave Bangladesh, But Help Make Apparel Factories Safer