Gallery: Walmart Fires Supplier That Contracted Bangladesh Garment Factory

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Walmart has fired the supplier that subcontracted work to a Bangladesh garment factory where at least 112 people died in a deadly fire on Saturday. The world’s largest retailer said that Tazreen Fashions was no longer authorized to produce merchandise for the company, but the supplier, which the company declined to identify, continued to fan out work there “in direct violation of [its] policies” anyway, according to Walmart spokesman Kevin Gardner in a statement on Tuesday. “Today, we have terminated the relationship with that supplier,” he said. Despite the company’s eagerness to distance itself from the country’s worst industrial disaster in history, however, labor activists claim that Walmart is no less culpable.

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2 Responses to “Walmart Fires Supplier That Contracted Bangladesh Garment Factory”

  1. InternationalLaborRightsForum says:

    Statement by International Labor Rights Forum and Worker Rights Consortium:
    Apparel Brands Buying from Bangladesh Should Join the Independent Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement

    Walmart’s constant downward price pressure prevents factories from being able to afford necessary safety precautions and its own supply chain auditing has failed to protect workers from being killed in deadly fires.

    One factory producing Walmart’s Faded Glory clothing line, Tazreen Fashions, caught fire on November 24, 2012, killing 112 workers and injuring more than 200 workers in the deadliest factory fire ever in Bangladesh. According to Walmart, a supplier had subcontracted work to Tazreen Fashions without Walmart’s authorization. Regardless of whether Walmart acknowledges Tazreen as an approved supplier, Walmart is responsible for the safety of the workers making its clothing and should not abandon Tazreen and its employees following this disaster.
    Walmart must now provide full and fair compensation covering loss of future earnings as well as damages to the families of the dead as well as to the injured workers. In addition, to minimize the risk of future factory fires, Walmart should join the independent and comprehensive Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement with unions and labor rights groups that PVH (owner of Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein) and German retailer Tchibo have already signed onto. The program includes independent inspections, public reporting, mandatory repairs and renovations, a central role for workers and unions in both oversight and implementation, supplier contracts with sufficient financing and adequate pricing, and a binding contract to make these commitments enforceable.

  2. pahelabaishak says:

    Friday is the only weekend holiday in Bangladesh garments industry.But most of the garments industry will be open in EPZ,Chittagong on 07th December

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