For Retailers, Getting Out of Bangladesh Isn't So Easy

Members of the Bangladeshi Army carry the body of a garment worker following a factory building collapse on April 30. Photograph by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP via Getty Images

When it comes to labor rights and working conditions, Bangladesh is the new China. And not in a good way. The South Asian nation has been the scene of two major industrial disasters in the past six months. In November, a fire in a factory left 112 garment workers dead; in April, a factory collapsed, killing at least 433 garment workers and injuring many more. Now companies from Walt Disney to Wal-Mart have to decide how—or if—to use Bangladeshi contractors and subcontractors to make their products.

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