Fire Kills 8 in Bangladesh Garment Factory as Collapse Death Toll Hits 950
Dov Charney, CEO of manufacturer and supplier American Apparel, added his voice to the cause yesterday, criticizing the working conditions in some countries and encouraging businesses to manufacture and shop domestic. "As labor and transportation costs increase worldwide, exploitation will not only be morally offensive and dated, it will not even be financially viable," he said.
Bangladesh is the second largest garment manufacturer in the world, employing 4 million people, and is taking steps to protect its most lucrative industry. Since the April factory collapse, officials have shut down 18 factories for violating worker rights and safety standards.