Thursday, 25 April 2013

Mango linked to Bangladesh factory collapse?

Photo retrieved from The Independent
On April 24, an eight-storey building collapsed in in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, causing the death of over 200 people, and injuring more than 1200 others. The building accommodated a number of garment factories including Ether Tex, New Wave Bottoms, New Wave Style, Phantom Apparel and Phantom Tac.. Activists who entered the ruins after the tragedy found labels and documentation linking the manufacturers to various European and US brands and retailers. Preliminary evidence also points to the Spanish high street brand and Global Compact participant Mango. In a statement issued by Mango, the company said that they were in conversation with  Phantom Apparel to produce a test order.The Rana Plaza building collapse is yet another tragedy in a series of factory accidents in the export oriented Bangladesh garment industry where sub-standard buildings, poor emergency procedures, blocked fire exits, overcrowded workplaces, and vastly inadequate control and auditing practices are rife.

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