Retailers Facing Backlash Over Factory Conditions
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

blue pinstripe suitRemember hearing about that garment factory collapse in Bangladesh a few weeks ago? If not, chances are high that the clothing items you purchased over the weekend were stitched in an Asian factory.

Global retailers, like H&M, Gap and Uniqlo, are facing renewed public outrage over the poor, unsafe conditions in the factories mass producing those cute and stylish sun dresses.

Despite having nothing to do with the factory collapse in Bangladesh, which killed more than 140 people in late April, H&M is joining an effort to get other big players in the “fast retailing” business to hold factory owners accountable for criminally low-wages, unsafe facilities and other issues that have gone unaddressed, reports the New York Times.

After the factory collapse, H&M began seeing customer complaints on its Facebook page, which currently features Beyonce’s Bangladesh-made swimsuit.

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Aaron Morrison

Aaron Morrison is an award-winning New York area-based multimedia journalist with a B.A. in Journalism from San Francisco State University. Aaron uses video, audio, photography, the web and social networks to tell captivating stories across all media platforms. Over the last year, Aaron has worked as a general assignment reporter for the Daily Record (Gannett) in northern New Jersey. Before that, he spent the spring of 2010 as the temporary legislative relief reporter for The Associated Press' statehouse bureau in Trenton, N.J. In his down time, Aaron enjoys the company of his friends and extended family. He is a fan of culinary arts and dreams of having a home kitchen so tricked out that Julia Child turns over in her grave.


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