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A devastating fire in Bangladesh at an apparel factory has added a sense of urgency to a push in...

A devastating fire in Bangladesh at an apparel factory has added a sense of urgency to a push in the retail world to disclose where and how products are made. The move isn't purely based on altruism, surveys show consumers will pay more for clothes with signs on fair-labor practices. Nordstrom (JWN +0.2%) is considering starting to promote clothes made in humane working conditions - while Nike (NKE) and Wal-Mart (WMT -0.7%) plan to take on tired accusations of sweat-shop tactics with more disclosures.
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    From SA above: "A devastating fire in Bangladesh at an apparel factory has added a sense of urgency to a push ...." From the linked-to NYTimes article: "The garment factory collapse that killed more than 800 workers in Bangladesh last month has added urgency to the movement ...." And also for the record, "devastating" and "tired" were in SA alone.

     

    For my part I wish the historical link to the Triangle Shirtwaist apparel-factory fire http://bit.ly/174qfKJ (NYC 1911 146 dead) would also be made (same locking of fire exits, in my recollection), in this dialog.

     

    Now, a day later, another apparel factory fire in Dhaka has been reported in the US, eight dead, few or no workers present but the managing director and a friend/police official amongst the eight, an electrical short circuit perhaps the cause per this coverage in The Hindu: http://bit.ly/12gQuJL The Hindu story is dated May 9 and was filed around 1 am US EDT per the Google search which led me to it (“8 hours ago” at 9 am EDT May 9; a BBC report via NPR this morning alerted me to the event, first). Three pm May 8 (date of SA piece above) would be 2 am May 9 in Dhaka, by my quick reckoning and consultation http://bit.ly/174qfKR. Thus, this last fire likely had already been reported when the SA piece was posted yesterday though the most recent fire was not part of the SA coverage. The Times piece was posted on the paper's web site 21 hours ago per Google, about noon EDT May 8, 11 pm Dhaka time May 8. It's impossible to tell if the Times piece was posted before or after the latest fire, from what info I have. Could the latest fire have been the one actually addressed ("devastating") in the SA piece? I don't know that, either, of course.

     

    Cheers and strength and peace, all. May all the dead rest in peace.
    9 May 2013, 11:13 AM Reply Like
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