Two clothing factories in Bangladesh and Pakistan were inspected for safety conditions by independent auditing firms prior to 2012 fires that killed hundreds of employees, according to a new report by the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO).
Following yet another fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Saturday, January 26 that killed at least seven people who were locked inside Smart Export Garments Ltd, the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC), the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) and the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) called on major retailers and brands that buy apparel from Bangladesh to join the labor-supported Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement in order to prevent future tragedies, according to a statement issued by the Clean Clothes Campaign.
Words fail at times like this – another garment factory fire in Bangladesh; 112 dead and 150 injured; another round of despair and anguish for the workers and their families; another round of denials by international garment brands that they bear any responsibility; another round of promises by the brands and their contractors that they will “do better” while refusing to acknowledge that it is their “profits first and foremost” production system that has led to fire after fire after fire.
Bangladeshi company makes garments for Tommy Hilfiger, Nike and Ralph Lauren
April 11, 2012
A prominent union organizer in Bangladesh was tortured and murdered last week in retaliation for his work in exposing unsafe conditions at garment factories, according to Worker Rights Consortium (WRC), an international monitoring group.