Benetton, Mango, Joe Fresh, Primark: Global Supply Chain of Death

© Syed Zakir Hossain/ Dhaka Tribune

“Ether 33, Phantom Apparel Ltd and New Wave Apparel which were housed on the third to seventh floors of the building were supplying well-known international labels including British retailer Primark, Italian fashion brand Benetton and Spanish clothing label Mango.”

© Rashed Shumon / Star

© Rashed Shumon / Star

© Syed Zakir Hossain/ Dhaka Tribune

“Canadian retail giant Loblaw Cos. also confirmed that workers at the complex were making clothes for its Joe Fresh clothing line.”

© Syed Zakir Hossain/ Dhaka Tribune

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. which was listed as a customer on the website of one of the building’s garment contractors”

“Foreign companies looking for an alternative to China have flooded into Bangladesh in recent years, as rising pay in China has increased the cost of manufacturing there. In China, some provinces have raised minimum wages to more than $200 a month, while in Bangladesh the government sets the minimum wage for entry level garment workers there at less than $37 (Taka 3,000) a month.”

© Daily Star

© Daily Star

” Human-rights groups have been calling on apparel brands and retailers to sign on to the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement, which would establish a system of independent factory inspectors whose recommendations would be binding. But the program has yet to get off the ground. PVH Corp., owner of Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, and German retailer Tchibo have signed up.”

Dhaka Tribune: Ill-fated factories supplied global brands

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