Retailers are facing mounting pressure to increase safety standards at overseas factories after a garment manufacturing facility in Bangladesh collapsed last week, killing more than 400.
That building collapse is just the latest to illustrate the working conditions for factory employees in Bangladesh, where retailers have flocked, attracted to the cheap labor.
At least four other incidents since 2010 have each killed dozens, if not hundreds, of workers due to factory fires; other incidents have injured hundreds of others, according to Worker Rights Consortium, an independent group that monitors and investigates labor rights and working conditions.
Many of the retailers that rely on these factories are known for their inexpensive apparel, including Walmart, Gap, Dress Barn and H&M. As retailers continually attempt to stay competitive by offering shoppers the lowest prices, they’re turning to countries with little regulation of safety and health standards.
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