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Sunday, 12th May 2013

Fatal Fashion: Analysis of Recent Factory Fires in Pakistan and Bangladesh

Source: Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO)/Clean Clothes Campaign

From the Introduction:

This report describes in detail two recent cases of factory fires that swept through the facilities of two South Asian clothing manufacturers producing for international brands. These cases are exemplary for the poor health and safety conditions of thousands of factories in Asia, and the lack of responsibility taken by private and public actors throughout the supply chain....

The cases described in this report are not stand-alone incidents, but the result of systemic hazardous conditions in the garment industry in Pakistan and Bangladesh. The safety record of the Bangladesh garment industry is appalling. Between 2006 and 2009, 414 garment workers were killed in at least 213 factory fires, as reported by the Bangladesh Fire Department. Since 2009, at least 165 workers were killed in Bangladesh in four separate incidents at factories producing for international brands.

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