More than 377 garment workers have died and hundreds more are thought to be missing in a building in Dhaka, Bangladesh that collapsed last week. It is the worst disaster in the history of the garment industry. The building is home to garment factories that make clothing for U.S. and European consumers, reports the BBC.
The Rana Plaza disaster, coming five months after 112 garment workers died in a fire at the Tazreen Fashions factory, has brought renewed criticism of the failure of Western brands to ensure safe working conditions in the factories they use in Bangladesh. In recent days, different Western brands have expressed sorrow over the accident but none, as yet, has endorsed proposals for tougher independent safety inspection programs (New York Times).
Today’s Question: Do you pay attention to where your clothing is made?