Wal-Mart tightens supplier guidelines following Bangladesh fire
Wal-Mart has tightened its supplier guidelines after a fire at an un-authorised subcontractor's site in Bangladesh killed more than 112 people.
Updated sourcing guidelines released this week by Wal-Mart have received a tepid reception at best, with industry watchers warning they are sceptical as to whether the new rules will be fully enforced.
In the wake of the Tazreen Fashion factory fire in Bangladesh at the end of November, where more than 111 workers lost their lives, Wal-Mart has announced a series of new rules for its suppliers. Clothing for the US-based retailer was being manufactured at the site, without its authorisation, and its new guidelines are aimed at improving safety standards. Details are outlined below.
Retail giant Wal-Mart is to enforce a “zero tolerance” policy on unauthorised sub-contracting with suppliers, in a bid to improve safety standards following the Tazreen fire.
The fire at the Tazreen Fashion factory in Bangladesh last November was the result of at least one customer's decision that providing minimal working conditions and subsistence wages are not cost-effective. The challenge, now, is to find a solution, says David Birnbaum.
A group of US lawmakers is calling on President Barack Obama to take action in the wake of the recent fire in Bangladesh to ensure that clothing imported into the US - particularly products for the military - is made in factories that protect their workforce.
The garment factory in Bangladesh where a fire at the weekend killed at least 111 people and injured another 100 had been making clothing for Wal-Mart without its knowledge, the world's largest retailer confirmed today (27 November).
It is almost two years to the day since 29 people perished in a fire at a garment factory in Bangladesh - and it would appear that little has been done in the intervening period to tackle the industry's safety issues.
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