In wake of deadly Bangladesh collapse, Meng tells American companies: Take care of your workers, not just your bottom line
May 1, 2013
As Bangladesh continues to reel from the deadly factory collapse that killed more than 400 workers, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) today sent letters to major American retailers demanding they do more to improve the deplorable working and safety conditions that exist at the facilities that produce their products.
Meng, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sent letters to the chief executive officers of Walmart, the Gap and the American Apparel Footwear Association, a major trade group, urging them to take leading roles to protect the subcontracted workers they use in Bangladesh’s clothing factories.
“It is time for U.S. companies to finally take responsibility for the widespread safety problems that have long plagued the factories they use in Bangladesh,” said Meng “For too long, American retailers have done virtually nothing about these unacceptable and outrageous working conditions and they must be held accountable for their reckless disregard for adequate safeguards. It is the moral responsibility of American companies that procure goods within the country to ensure their suppliers operate safe factories. American companies should demand that their contracted suppliers correct all safety violations and dismiss any contractor that that places people’s lives at risk. It’s time to stop the greed. Putting profits ahead of safety can no longer be an option.”
Copies of Meng’s letters are attached.
The factory collapse in Bangladesh occurred last week after cracks discovered in the building were not fixed. The disaster came after previous tragedies that killed workers in collapses and fires, also due to unsafe conditions.
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