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Horrific Fire Revealed a Gap in Safety for Global Brands


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JL
- 1324 days ago - nytimes.com
After the fire, Walmart, Sears and other retailers made the same startling admission: They say they did not know that Tazreen Fashions was making their clothing. But who, then, is ultimately responsible when things go so wrong?



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Kit B. (276)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 11:46 am

In the world of 2012 there is no excuse for this. The company makes a profit, the retailers are making a profit, the workers are paid as little as possible and working in abysmal conditions where a fire is not even stabilized by a sprinkler system. Those who make purchases at Wal mart and all companies that make orders from these "factories" are directly supportive of this mass murder. Only by rejecting the companies involved in such human abuse can we all expect to force companies the world over to stop.

What is more important a cheap pair of jeans or human life? The above story answers that question.
 

Roger Garin-michaud (150)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 2:13 pm
noted, thanks !
 

JL A. (282)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 6:24 pm
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You are welcome Roger!
 

John B. (194)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 9:26 pm
Thanks J.L. for the post. There are so many words I could use to describe how I feel about this, but the bottom line is that the retailers and consumers looking for cheaper clothing bare the responsibility for this tragedy. Read and noted.
 

JL A. (282)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 9:32 pm
The high end guitar maker has been held accountable by law for supply chain of his woods, no less should be true for clothing and other products made and sold in the US.
 

JL A. (282)
Sunday December 9, 2012, 9:32 pm
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Past Member (0)
Monday December 10, 2012, 4:33 am
Noted, think John B is right.
 

Lindsay Kemp (2)
Monday December 10, 2012, 7:48 am
Actually, I think that anyone who wants to buy cheap clothing is partially responsible. And not just clothing but all manner of goods. But the stores that place the order have some responsibility to ensure that the factories that make the products are safe. However, many people look to make a bigger profit by subcontracting, so the big names that we know and where we shop can't guarantee that the items will be made in factories that they have checked anyway.

It is, at least in part, up to us, the customer, to pay the correct price for our purchases, and to let the stores we buy from know our feelings on these matters.

Unfortunately, there are then consequences for those working for the subcontractors ...

Nothing is simple!
 

JL A. (282)
Monday December 10, 2012, 8:24 am
It is always possible for companies to included language in their contractors that applies to any subcontractors so each has the responsibility to comply with the language/standards in the original contract--and a very common US practice. Government contracts routinely include such standard contract language. You cannot currently send a star to Lindsay because you have done so within the last week.
 

Michael Kirkby (96)
Monday December 10, 2012, 2:42 pm
Profit to these people is king and in these countries the people are merely another expendable resource. The large internationals have probable deniability through the degrees of separation which insulate and absolve them of any culpability or responsibility. It's not easy but the only way is to stop buying their brand names. I'm presently looking for a good quality hemp clothing store. There's a couple in Toronto.
 

JL A. (282)
Monday December 10, 2012, 3:06 pm
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Sergio Padilla (63)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 12:23 pm
Thanks
 

JL A. (282)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 3:59 pm
You are welcome Sergio
 
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