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As we all know, most of our clothing is now made in Asian sweatshops. The clothing companies intentionally know as little as possible about the conditions of production. They contract it out and then close their eyes. They refuse all responsibility for what happens so long as the clothes come in at price and on […]

Life in the Factory

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On January 18, 2016

What is life like in a Bangladeshi garment factory for women workers? It’s not good. “What happened when you formed the union?” asked the interviewer from the Bangladesh Center for Worker So

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Keeping Rana Plaza Out of Sight

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On August 25, 2015
A Bangladeshi court banned the making of a film about one of the survivors of Rana Plaza for fear that the international attention might cause Bangladesh to lose its apparel industry. I’m skeptical that a film would garner more attention than the actual death of over 1100 people, but I think more importantly is that […]
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Active defenders of sweatshops really get under my skin because they combine a celebration of labor exploitation with cherry picking historical examples in order to create a false narrative of sweatshops leading to future national economic success. Not so, says Benjamin Powell, a professor of economics and business at Texas Tech University who, controversially, argues […]

Corporate Standards

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On June 6, 2015

Patagonia is receiving some kudos for taking steps to clean up its supply chain. After investigating conditions in its supply chain, mostly at factories in Taiwan, it discovered all the usual problems

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