Working Conditions and Workers’ Rights Become Major Considerations as Work Moves from China to Lower-Cost Nations, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

A heart-breaking tragedy in very poor nation of Bangladesh may prove to be a game-changer for the apparel manufacturing industry.  In April 2013, Rana Plaza, a multi-story apparel factory building collapsed suddenly, trapping workers and resulting in a death toll that exceeded 1,100.  This was only one of multiple accidents, tragic fires and other mishaps in apparel factories in recent years, in nations including China and India.  In fact, the industry suffered a devastating accident only a few months prior to the April 2013 debacle.  In September 2012, more than 300 workers died in two factory fires in Pakistan.  In…

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