Owner of Collapsed Bangladesh Factory Faces Murder Charges

Bangladesh police today announced that they will press murder charges against Sohel Rana, the owner of the 9-story factory building that collapsed and killed 1,135 garment workers last April. Infuriatingly, the accident — which was the worst in the nation's history — was highly-preventable: although workers warned… » 4/15/14 3:30pm 4/15/14 3:30pm

U.S. Government Regularly Buys Clothing From Unsafe Factories Overseas

According to a new piece in the New York Times, the United States government spends $1.5 billion a year on garments created in factories overseas — some of which employ children, some of which keep their workers in deplorable, unsafe conditions, and some of which pay far less than $1/hour. Our politicians can condemn… » 12/23/13 4:10pm 12/23/13 4:10pm

Your Favorite Stores Aren't Signing the Bangladesh Safety Act

Labor groups urged massive clothing retailers including Gap and Wal-Mart to sign an international pact this week that would solidify safety standards and send a clear message that big brand names won't allow another easily preventable tragedy like last month's factory collapse in Bangladesh, which killed over 1,000… » 5/17/13 11:45am 5/17/13 11:45am

Woman Rescued From Bangladesh Rubble After Two Weeks

The faintest of silver linings emerges from Bangladesh: a garment worker trapped for 17 days beneath the collapsed Rana Plaza building was discovered alive today. This is good news for the traumatized woman, Reshma, who was able to find enough food, water and oxygen space to survive, but doesn't make up for the fact… » 5/10/13 10:30am 5/10/13 10:30am