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Four Things We Learn From Wal-Mart's Bangladesh Factory Audit

After the Rana Plaza fire in Bangladesh killed more than 1,100 garment workers in April, all of the big European apparel retailers (and some American ones, too) signed on to a binding agreement to work with labor organizations and other groups to improve safety conditions at the factories they use. Wal-Mart and Gap, among other American retailers, formed a separate alliance that isn’t quite as demanding.

Walmart on its own released the results of its first round of factory audits on Nov. 18. Here’s what a close read reveals: