Wal-Mart Taps a Startup for a Window Into Bangladesh Factories

People stand and watch as rescue workers search for victims amongst the debris of the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on April 26 Photograph by Jeff Holt/Bloomberg

Will the Rana Plaza factory-complex tragedy in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,100 people prompt Western brands to push their suppliers to improve working conditions? Earlier this week, H&M and Inditex, which owns Zara and is the world’s biggest apparel company, agreed to sign a legally binding accord to improve fire and building safety in Bangladesh. They joined more than 30 others, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Marks & Spencer, and PVH, which owns Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein.

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