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